Gunalda township has a serious problem with power supply from Ergon Energy. (foreground) Samantha Forsyth and Sue Chapman with residents meeting at Gunalda.
Gunalda township has a serious problem with power supply from Ergon Energy. (foreground) Samantha Forsyth and Sue Chapman with residents meeting at Gunalda. Patrick Woods

Power-starved residents glad to have a boost

THINGS are looking more positive for Gympie north electricity consumers, as power retailer Ergon proves that supply problems in the area are not terminal.

Gunalda resident Sue Chapman says she and other residents from Curra and Gundiah to Glenwood can now see an electric light at the end of the tunnel.

She says Ergon has established new lines of communication with her and other resident representatives and has supplied detailed plans for timetabled upgrades.

Prominent in the plans is a transformer boost that will more than double the output of the Gootchie substation that supplies Gunalda and Gundiah and surrounds from two megavolt-amps to 6.3 MVA.

A further upgrade has been initiated to supply the new United Petroleum service station being guilt on the Bruce Hwy near Gunalda, improving the 11,000 volt Gunalda line at Theebine.

A new feeder line in the Sexton area will link Gunalda to the Woolooga substation and extensions to the existing high voltage lines will connect the southern edge of Gunalda to the service station.

Although some outages will be unavoidable during the upgrades, residents are happy it is all set for completion before the next storm season.