Kingscliff without power for six hours
KINGSCLIFF residents had to spend almost six hours without electricity after a fault caused a power breakdown yesterday morning. Country Energy Regional General Manager Far North Coast region Brian Glawson said 800 customers were initially affected. "We lost supply to Kingscliff No.2 feeder (wires that run down the street) - at 8.20am," Mr Glawson said. "It affected 800 customers." The fault was localised at McPhail Avenue and Quiggan Street in Kingscliff where wires had broken off. The wires originated at the Cudgen sub station which has two feeders for Kingscliff. Each feeder can take a maximum of 2000 customers, but normally has only 1000 customers. "We did some switching and transferred 600 people to another feeder at 10am," Mr Glawson said. "That restored all commercial properties." Country Energy linesmen could be seen working in Kingscliff repairing the wires throughout the day. Leading hand linesman Andrew Hardie said they had six men, two cherry pickers and four work utes at the site. "We don't know what the problem is," Mr Hardie said. Mr Glawson said the cause of the breakdown would be investigated next week. "The men have taken pieces of the conductor just to do some checks," he said. "By next week we will know what caused the breakdown." Though initial estimate was 3.30pm, power was fully restored at 2.50pm. Mr Glawson said a number of people had called in to inquire about the breakdown. The Daily News office also received calls from angry customers complaining about the disruption on what is the first week of school holidays. However, for Michael and six-year-old Flame Bryant, it was just an opportunity to have some quality time together. The grandfather-grandson pair spent the morning taking apart an old diskman and answer machine. A visit to the beach was also planned with the rest of the family later in the day. "Flame wanted to watch a DVD, but he didn't understand why he couldn't watch it," Mr Bryant said. "So I thought it would be a valuable lesson to say there are other ways to fill a day." The family, which relied on electricity for their cooking, used the gas barbecue to heat coffee in the morning. "It is a little bit of inconvenience, nothing more," Mr Bryant said. "You get reliant on technology, but you just do other things."