Routine helicopter patrols in Central Queensland during April and early May will help Powerlink Queensland maintain the reliability and safety of its electricity network.
Our specialist crews will carry out this work in and around the Gladstone region, including the areas of Raglan, Ambrose, Bracewell, West and South Gladstone, Rosedale, Miriam Vale, Nine Mile, Stanwell, Bouldercombe, Baralaba, Moura, and Callide, where Powerlink’s network is located.
Powerlink Chief Executive Merryn York said the inspections were essential to Powerlink’s ongoing maintenance program, and completing this work with minimum disruption to local communities was a key focus.
“Our aim is to be as quick and non-disruptive as we can when completing these patrols,” Ms York said.
“We want to minimise any potential disturbance to local residents near Powerlink’s transmission lines while this essential work is carried out. We appreciate their cooperation and patience.”
Ms York said during the aerial inspections, the helicopter pilot would endeavour to maintain the maximum distance practically possible from houses, livestock and crops.
“Local residents may see the helicopter moving relatively quickly and at a low level along our transmission lines, and in some instances, it may need to pause to enable closer inspection of the lines,” she said.
Ms York said Powerlink was aware that low-flying helicopters had the potential to startle livestock. She encouraged anyone with questions about the patrols and the planned timing to contact Powerlink for further information.
“In particular, if you have a Powerlink easement on or near your property and would like to register your details to receive more information about upcoming 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),” she said.
Further details, including a comprehensive list of patrol areas, can also be obtained by visiting the Helicopter activities page.