Electricity goes underground

MORE than one kilometre of old copper powerlines posing an environmental threat at Cudgen are being removed.

Country Energy has begun removing the lines as part of a $2 million power improvement project for the area.

Located between Depot Road and Dianella Drive along Tweed Coast Road, the lines cross a wetland and pass through littoral rainforest with native flora and fauna.

Far North Coast regional general manager Richard Wake said it made good sense to move the powerlines away from such an environmentally sensitive area.

“The old copper lines cross a wetland. If they were damaged in a storm, flood or due to some other unforseen circumstance, the delay in restoring power could be lengthy because of the difficulty of the terrain,” he said.

“We've replaced the overhead lines with underground cables in an existing road reserve.”

Mr Wake said the lines are now out of harm's way, which should ensure a more reliable power supply for residents and businesses around Cudgen and Casuarina.

“We could have renewed the old powerlines, but we're always looking to find better ways to do things,” he said.

“We believe this option, in this location, is the best by far.”

Included in the project were under-bores at both the Cudgen Creek and Tweed Coast Road crossings.

The work was carried out by crews from Country Energy's Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah field service centres, as well as private contractors.

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