UPDATE: Property owner could be liable for power outage

Almost 600 people are without power after a power pole burnt down.
Almost 600 people are without power after a power pole burnt down. Ergon Energy


Ergon crews have been busy all morning restoring power to more than 600 homes in Eidsvold.

Ergon spokesman Rod Rehbein said crews were successful with restoring power.

"Power has now been restored,” Mr Rehbein said.

"We're currently investigating whether or not the property owner will be liable for the costs incurred.”

Ergon general manager customer delivery Max Hogan said damage to power poles from burn-offs could be expensive to repair and cause extended power supply interruptions to customers in neighbouring areas.

"Property owners should also be aware that they can be liable for the repair costs if their negligence results in damage to Ergon's poles or wires,” Mr Hogan said.

"These fires not only cost Ergon Energy thousands of dollars, but also cause tremendous customer inconvenience through unnecessary interruptions to power supply.”


More than 580 customers are without power in the Eidsvold district due to a power pole being burnt on Sunday afternoon.

Ergon spokesman Rod Rehbein said a property owner was burning off when the incident took place.

"The damage was caused by a farmer burning off, resulting in a pole that supports the 66kV main line from Mundubbera into the Eidsvold substation being burnt to the ground,” Mr Rehbein said.

"The incident occurred about 5km outside Eidsvold and the remote location meant a track had to be formed so crews could access the site.”

Mr Rehbein said power should be restored by noon today.

Topics:  eidsvold ergon energy no power north burnett substation

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