Another week, another power outage
The State Liberals have slammed the repeated power failures on the Eyre Peninsula as third world and will lead a delegation seeking an urgent meeting about the problem with Premier Jay Weatherill.
Member for Flinders Peter Treloar and State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall will join Eyre Peninsula mayors at the emergency meeting with the Premier.
Power was out in Thevenard yesterday and across large portions of the Eyre Peninsula in the busy lead-up to Christmas.
“Jay Weatherill needs to explain why there have been six black-outs in three months on the West Coast and what he intends to do about it,” Mr Treloar said.
“The power situation on the Eyre Peninsula is now a threat to the health of vulnerable residents in the region.
“An extended black-out in the middle of a sweltering summer heat wave could have disastrous consequences for local communities.
“Since the closure of the Port Augusta Power Station, the Eyre Peninsula and West Coast have been plagued by power black-outs and sky high electricity problems.
“As a result of the Weatherill Government’s failed power policies South Australia has the most expensive and least reliable power in the country.
“The viability of many businesses have been placed at risk by power crisis that has gripped the Eyre Peninsula.
“I would like to thank the service crews for the work they undertake to restore power during often difficult conditions but I also want answers about the long term maintenance program and upkeep of the transmission lines.
“It is particularly concerning that the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station in Victoria will make the situation worse.”