TransGrid takes to the skies over Muswellbrook

HELICOPTER patrols will inspect the electricity transmission network across the Hunter in coming weeks to identify any potential bushfire risks and assess the condition of TransGrid towers and powerlines. 

Weather permitting, TransGrid is scheduled to examine high voltage transmission lines across Newcastle, Muswellbrook, Tamworth, Tuggerah, Munmorah, Vales Point and Stroud from July 16.

“These annual safety inspections are an important part of our comprehensive maintenance program to ensure the transmission network is safe for the community and our staff,” TransGrid’s customer engagement manager Darren Clarke said.

“A specialist team will inspect more than 13,000km 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.” 

For more information on where TransGrid’s helicopter will fly over in coming weeks, contact the toll-free hotline on 1800 222 537. 

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