St Bathans powerlines going underground

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Overhead powerlines are going underground along a section of St Bathans’ main street.

Due to the age of the network along St Bathans Loop Rd, Aurora Energy is placing the existing overhead low-voltage conductors and service lines underground.

Aurora Energy general manager work programming and delivery Mark Pratt said the lines connected electricity to six properties in the street.

Those properties would now have a safer and more reliable network.

The main part of the project — installing the new underground cables and service pillars — was due to be finished by the end of March, he said.

Services to existing buildings and the removal of the old poles, except the poles made of old railway irons that the community wanted retained, would be completed in April.

The work taking place from the corner of Cross St to three properties past the church is being completed by Connectics on behalf of Aurora.

Resident Lorraine Bennett said she was pleased to see the work being done.

‘‘It’s really good — it’s amazing getting new infrastructure.

‘‘It will probably mean we won’t get power failures because we do get high winds in the area,’’ she said.