ActewAGL helicopter patrol scheduled for bushfire prevention
Thursday 09 August 2012
ActewAGL will be carrying out a helicopter inspection of overhead powerlines from Monday 13 August to Friday 17 August 2012 (weather permitting), as part of its bushfire prevention program.
ActewAGL General Manager Network Services Robert Atkin said, “The helicopter patrol is a significant part of our bushfire prevention program. Trees and vegetation growing too close to powerlines can cause blackouts and create safety hazards such as grass fires and bushfires. Trees and vegetation can also restrict access, preventing essential maintenance from being carried out.
“The patrol will fly at approximately 800 feet to identify areas where vegetation is encroaching on overhead powerlines.
“It will fly with minimal hovering across Hall, Gungahlin, Belconnen, Central Canberra, Molonglo Valley, Mount Stromlo, Coree, Weston Creek, Woden Valley, Tuggeranong, Paddys River, Cotter River, Tennent, Rendezvous Creek, Booth, Jerrabomberra, Majura and Kowen. The site for take-off and landing will be Canberra Airport.
“Everyday our teams are out in the Canberra community fixing and maintaining our network. But it’s also important for the community to do their bit to reduce the risk of bushfires and keep vegetation on their property well clear of electricity infrastructure.”
For more information or enquiries about the helicopter patrol please contact ActewAGL Technical Enquiries on 6248 3555. A list of ActewAGL-accredited tree surgeons is available on the ActewAGL website actewagl.com.au/safety
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