Powerlink Queensland will continue helicopter patrols in Southern Queensland to help maintain the reliability and safety of the state’s  high voltage electricity network.

Powerlink Chief Executive, Merryn York, said initial patrols in the region took place during February and March and would re-commence in mid-August.

“The first round of patrols was conducted in the North Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Darling Downs and Gold Coast areas and our specialist crews will now return to complete remaining helicopter inspections in the Toowoomba, Ipswich, Tarong, Nanango, Wivenhoe and Chinchilla regions,” she said.

Ms York said these inspections were essential to Powerlink’s ongoing maintenance program, and completing this work with minimum disruption to local residents and 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 communities 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, the helicopter may need to pause to enable closer inspection of the lines,” she said.

Ms York said Powerlink understood that low-flying helicopters had the potential to startle some livestock such as horses and cattle. She encouraged people with any questions about the patrols and the planned timing to contact Powerlink for further information.

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