Power patrol

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Power patrol

SA Power Networks contractor Helistar will continue helicopter inspections of its infrastructure across the South East until the end of August.

Customers are being notified the inspections are to identify any damage or defects as part of its essential preparation ahead of the 2024/25 bushfire season.

Aerial patrols form part the annual maintenance program to inspect powerlines and other assets in bushfire risk areas.

This is to ensure the network is safe and reliable and meets the higher demand for power in the warmer months.

The flight path is only above SA Power Networks poles and wires.

Customers have been advised this will not affect those that do not have SA Power Networks equipment on their land.

Using a helicopter reduces the impact on properties as there is usually no need to drive through paddocks or crops.

However, SA Power Networks recommend moving livestock from paddocks with powerlines when inspections are being conducted in your area, as the helicopter may hover at low heights.

Inspections that cannot be done by helicopter will be patrolled from the ground and access to properties may be required in some instances.

Powerline inspections via helicopter typically start from mid-May and will be completed prior to the start of the CFS fire danger season dates.

A map and indicative schedule for 2024 inspection dates are available online. Millicent and district are currently being inspected until June 16.

Naracoorte and surrounding areas have been scheduled to take place between June 17 to July 7, and Bordertown region between July 8 and August 4. Please note that dates are approximate and are subject to change.

For more information visit the SA Power Networks website www.sapowernetworks.com.au/maintenance or call 131261.

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