TasNetworks has unveiled the Harcus River Road Project, providing local dairy farmers with a new and improved power supply.

Representatives from the Tasmanian and Federal governments, as well as TasNetworks Project Manager Peter Findlater and Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quillam, were on hand to launch the newly commissioned project.

TasNetworks will operate and maintain a 22kV distribution line adjacent to Harcus River Road, from Marrawah to the Woolnorth dairy operation gates. The distribution line will be approximately 23km long and involved the installation of approximately 230 poles. The project supports the local dairy industry by improving power supply between Marrawah and Woolnorth on the North West Coast.

Mr Findlater said there was increasing demand for more power and a reliable network to supply it as the dairy industry on the North West Coast continues to grow. He congratulated all those involved in the design and construction phases.

“TasNetworks is proud to have been able to deliver an upgraded and reliable power supply for a growing industry,” Mr Findlater said. “Our team members worked alongside government and industry to get a great outcome for all.”

At its peak, the project had up to ten crews working out of Smithton to establish the line.

“Construction commenced in March 2014 and crews certainly experienced some challenging weather conditions over winter,” Mr Findlater said.

“It was very satisfying to flick the switch knowing that we had met our customers’ requirements.”

The total capital cost of the project was $1.5 million. In partnership with the Tasmanian Government, the Australian Government is investing $120 million in Tasmania over 15 years to diversify the State economy.


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