Powerline checks for Sydney's north west

Electrical crews will be patrolling Sydney’s north west this month to check for hazards on the electricity network in the lead up to this year’s bushfire danger period.

Hornsby MP state MP Matt Kean said inspectors would be on the ground and in helicopters looking for defects, such as trees growing too close to powerlines in bushfire-prone areas within the Ausgrid network.

Ausgrid chief operating officer, Trevor Armstrong, said pre-bushfire season inspections are an important safety measure.

As well as checking Ausgrid’s network, inspectors will be taking a closer look at poles and powerlines on private property to make sure they are also safe.

If any bushfire hazards are found, owners will be issued with a notice requiring the problem to be fixed.

“Frayed wires, damaged poles and trees growing too close to powerlines can all spark a bushfire, and these serious defects should be fixed immediately,” Mr Armstrong said.

“We’re asking the community to work with us to prevent bushfires by alerting us to any hazards and helping our inspectors check private poles and powerlines for any risks.

“Property owners should ensure their poles and powerlines are safely maintained, using qualified electrical contractors to carry out any repairs.”

■ Details: http://ausgrid.com.au/bushfires, 131365. Customers can also report trees growing into powerlines at http://ausgrid.com.au/trees.

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