Power lines spark anger in nearby residents

THE air is charged with anger over 11,000 volts of power line in Sayre Crescent at Boyne Island.

A number of residents have approached Calliope Shire Council expressing concern over possible radiation from the power lines and the unsightly appearance of the lines in the street and impact on home values.

In one of a series of letters to the council, Sayre Crescent resident Wolfgang Flatow said fellow residents were unhappy 'about the general exposure' to radiation from the Ergon Energy lines and wanted their removal.

'The totally inconsiderate and non-sensical planning of the power supply ... has galvanised affected residents to act against further environmental impact,' Mr Flatow said.

He said the power lines were within six metres of his own home.

Mr Flatow said the line 'was installed without consultation or consideration for residents and property owners'.

He said the problem could have been avoided if the power lines were placed underground. He was still awaiting word from Ergon Energy.

Mr Flatow told The Observer he would reserve his comments until he had discussed the matter further with Ergon Energy.

The council said the matter was out of its control as it was an issue between the residents and Ergon Energy.

Yesterday Ergon's corporate communications manager Brenda Hannigan said Ergon had met with Mr Flatow.

'Ergon is committed to work through the issues with him and is also committed to find the best solution for all involved,' she said.

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