Ergon warns power line vandals

By KELLI DOWNEYkelli@gladstoneobserver.com.au

ERGON Energy has condemned malicious acts of vandalism on its property, threatening offenders with police action.

The electricity provider was still reeling this week over an incident in Agnes Water last Thursday when a dog chain was thrown over powerlines.

The chain made the lines clash together and caused a distribution transformer fuse to malfunction.

Forty-six residents in Graham Colyer Drive and Murray Hilton Close lost power as a result.

Ergon Energy area operations manager Geoff Hall said although it was a relatively small area affected, it inconvenienced many customers for six hours while local crews repaired damaged equipment.

Mr Hall said apart from causing nearby residents unnecessary inconvenience and disruption, the vandals put their lives, and the lives of others, at risk. He said Ergon Energy took a very dim view of this type of behaviour.

'This action was fool hardy in the extreme and could have easily resulted in tragedy, with serious or even fatal injury very real possibilities,' Mr Hall said.

'The culprits are dicing with danger.'

Likewise, Ergon Energy corporate communications manager Bob Pleash said it was a completely senseless act which, unfortunately, occurred from time to time.

Mr Pleash said any malicious damage was and would continue to be reported to police in the likelihood of identify offenders.

'This act could have brought the power lines down,'' Mr Pleash said. The matter has been handed to police for investigation.

Residents who may have witnessed the event are urged to phone police or Ergon Energy.



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