Ergon's power boost to Warwick economy
A SERIES of Ergon Energy substation projects has provided a substantial lift to the Warwick economy.
An Ergon Energy spokesman said there had been an influx of crews into the Rose City, as separate projects at the Warwick bulk supply substation and the East Warwick and Killarney zone substations coincide, good news for many businesses in town, such as accommodation providers and restaurants.
"A team of seven substation construction crew members from Toowoomba is working at the bulk supply substation to upgrade its capacity," the spokesman said.
"These crews are staying in Warwick overnight during the week rather than travelling daily from Toowoomba to maximise the time they can spend on the job.
"A further three or four crew members from Toowoomba are working on testing and commissioning and on the communications and protection systems at the bulk supply substation, as well as doing similar work at the East and West Warwick substations.
"Meanwhile, five substation construction crew members from Maryborough are staying in Warwick and travelling daily to Killarney to install additional circuit breakers."
In addition to the Ergon Energy crews, the spokesman said multiple contractors had also provided a boost to the town's economy.
"In addition to the Ergon crews, five or six civil construction crew members from a contractor have been working at the bulk supply substation and another contractor has regularly had around eight crew members working on the East Warwick substation rebuild," he said.
"The maintenance crews have also spent a considerable amount of time in Warwick and Stanthorpe in recent times."