As part of our regular maintenance program to protect the safety of the community and the operation of our assets, Powerlink conducts aerial patrols of land and vegetation controls around our transmission lines using low flying helicopters.
A key focus is to complete this work with minimum disruption to local communities.
At times we also conduct insulator washing as part of some of these helicopter inspections - an important activity to ensure the safety and reliability of the transmission network in preparation for the upcoming storm and cyclone season.
Current helicopter inspections
Through parts of the local government areas of:
Northern Queensland (January - February*)
- Burdekin Shire
- Cassowary Coast
- Etheridge Shire
- Hinchinbrook Shire
- Livingstone Shire
- Mareeba Shire
During our patrols, you may notice a helicopter flying at a low level near our transmission lines. The helicopter pilot will endeavour to maintain the maximum distance practically possible from houses, livestock and crops to minimise any disruptions to landholders. Insulator washing work will involve the helicopter pausing at transmission towers and using a long, rigid hose to spray demineralised water at high pressure to clean the insulators which are located near the top of the towers.
If you have a Powerlink easement on or near your property and would like to register your details to receive more information about future patrols in your area, or to ensure your contact details are up to date, please contact us on FREECALL 1800 635 369 (during business hours).
*These dates may change at late notice subject to weather conditions.