Aerial patrols to check for bushfire risk, powerline conditions

The electricity transmission network across the Southern Highands is set to come under scrutiny.

TransGrid will take to the skies for helicopter patrols over the Southern Highlands to inspect the network in an effort to identify potential bushfire risks and assess the condition of TransGrid towers and powerlines.

TransGrid’s customer engagement manager Darren Clarke said the annual safety inspections were an important part of a comprehensive maintenance program to ensure the transmission network was safe for the community and TransGrid staff.

A specialist team will inspect more than 13,000 kilometres of transmission line and infrastructure across TransGrid’s state-wide network.

The patrols identify vegetation encroachments along transmission line easements and check infrastructure for any maintenance issues.

“Residents across the region may see low-flying helicopters moving along our transmission lines,” Mr Clarke said.

“We would like to thank the community for their understanding as we carry out our inspection program and remind the public to exercise caution around transmission lines and towers.”

Weather permitting, TransGrid will inspect high voltage transmission lines across the following areas:

Week commencing July 16 – Kangaroo Valley, Robertson, Bannaby, Marulan, Ingleburn, Kemps Creek, Regentville, Campbelltown, Mount Annan, Menangle, Avon, Dapto

This schedule may be subject to change.

For further information on where TransGrid’s helicopter will fly over coming weeks call the tollfree hotline on 1800 222 537.

You can also subscribe to updates about TransGrid aerial patrols and other TransGrid activities on the website at www.transgrid.com.au