Powerlink Queensland are currently undertaking helicopter patrols in north and far north Queensland to maintain the reliability and safety of its high voltage electricity network.
Powerlink Chief Executive, Merryn York, said initial patrols in the region took place during March and April over several weeks and would re-commence in late July and August.
“The first round of patrols was conducted in the Mackay, Nebo and Whitsunday areas and our specialist crews will now return to complete helicopter inspections in the Townsville, Cardwell, Tully, Cairns and Atherton Tablelands 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,” said Ms York.
“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.