Gunalda township has a serious problem with power supply from Ergon Energy.  Samantha Forsyth and Sue Chapman (pictured front) with residents gathered at a recent meeting in Gunalda to demand a better go.
Gunalda township has a serious problem with power supply from Ergon Energy. Samantha Forsyth and Sue Chapman (pictured front) with residents gathered at a recent meeting in Gunalda to demand a better go. Patrick Woods

Ergon faces electricity rebellion over blackouts

NORTHSIDE Gympie residents are in a desperate power struggle with their electricity supplier, Ergon.

And on Monday, it looked as though they had finally made some progress, with Ergon saying it wanted to work with them to make things better.

About 45 people from Curra to Glenwood gathered in Sue Chapman's Gunalda front yard to protest what they say is the failure of Ergon to do its job: supplying them with reliable, affordable electricity.

"We came up from Victoria. If I'd known it was going to be this bad, we'd have gone somewhere else," Nicole Arnup said yesterday.

She and husband Mick were at the meeting in response to Ms Chapman's new Facebook site, "Gunalda, Curra and Glenwood is fed up with Ergon Power Issues".

Only a few days old it already has 190 supporters.

Residents told of regular, even constant issues with blackouts and brownouts damaging appliances and costing thousands in spoiled food.

One mother with five children said she had 12 solar panels on her roof, but still faced bills of $500 to $1000 a quarter.

An Ergon spokesman said the company acknowledged there have been "regular issues" since August, especially in the past fortnight.

Storm related recent outages had taken time to repair, not because of overtime limits but because crews had reached the maximum number of hours they were allowed to work without a break.