Critical power infrastructure upgrades cause outages in Hawks Nest

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POWER will be cut due to planned outages across Hawks Nest, from Monday, 1 May to Saturday, 6 May, as local power provider Essential Energy undertakes major electricity maintenance.

All customers affected by the series of planned outages should have already received notification of the planned outages, most of which will last an entire working day (or two, depending on exact address), from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

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As a precaution, all affected businesses and individuals should be aware and prepared for having no electricity during this timeframe.

“The major works see more than 90 tasks completed across the area over six consecutive days,” Mat Reedy, Operations Manager Mid North Coast, told News Of The Area.

“Crews will be working on and replacing numerous power poles and sections of power lines, upgrading supporting equipment, along with general maintenance on the overhead electricity network,” Mr Reedy added.

With plans to bring in crews from Port Macquarie, Dungog, Stroud and Gloucester, Essential Energy appears quite keen to have the work done well within the weeklong timeframe.

The company builds, operates and maintains one of the country’s largest electricity distribution networks, with more than 880,000 regional, rural and remote customers in NSW and southern Queensland.

“Significant planning has been undertaken to complete the large program of works as quickly and safely as possible, with a significant amount of work being completed in a relatively short time across the area, to reduce the overall inconvenience on affected communities,” Mr Reedy told NOTA.

“We appreciate that planned power outages may cause inconvenience for some customers, but they are vital to ensure a safe and reliable power network for these communities.”

More detailed information, including a map of the outages, can be found on the Essential Energy website at

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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