A LOW-FLYING helicopter will be used to carry out routine maintenance inspections of Powerlink Queensland's high voltage transmission lines across Central Queensland during March.
Powerlink Chief Operating Officer, Simon Bartlett said that during the aerial inspections, the helicopter pilot would endeavour to maintain the maximum distance practically possible from houses, livestock and crops.
"We want to minimise as much as possible any potential disturbance to local communities near the transmission lines," Mr Bartlett said.
"Our aim is to be as quick and non-disruptive as we can when completing these patrols.
"Local residents will notice that the helicopter will move relatively quickly and at a low level along the transmission lines, and in some instances, the helicopter may need to pause to enable closer inspection of the lines," he said.
"We understand that low-flying helicopters have the potential to startle some livestock such as horses and cattle, and encourage people with any questions about the patrols to contact us for further information.
"We appreciate the cooperation and patience of local communities while this essential work is carried out."
Further information about Powerlink‟s helicopter patrols can be obtained by phoning FREECALL 1800 635 369 (during business hours) or by visiting www.powerlink.com.au (go to Landowners and Property/Helicopter activities).
About Powerlink Queensland:
Powerlink is a State Government-owned corporation, which owns, develops, operates and maintains a $6 billion high voltage transmission network that extends 1700km from north of Cairns to the New South Wales border. Powerlink's primary role is to provide a secure and reliable network to transport high-voltage electricity from generators to electricity distribution networks owned by Energex, Ergon Energy and Essential Energy (formerly Country Energy). Powerlink also transports electricity directly to large Queensland customers, such as aluminium smelters and New South Wales via the NSW/Qld Interconnector.