Today I asked a question about the ongoing power outages in the Gungahlin suburbs of Bonner, Moncrieff, Jacka, Ngunnawal, Harrison, Mitchell, Forde, and Amaroo. I asked the Chief Minister why residents in Gungahlin have to regularly endure regular and prolonged blackouts. We also asked about compensation for those affected and suffering financial loss.
The Chief Minister, as he does, fails to answer the full question. Giving the Assembly the usual glib response, he did not address why this was still ongoing, or respond to the question on the matter of compensation.
And whilst it is good to know what causes outages – and in this case ActewAGL gave 3 reasons, including cable faults, cable damage caused by a third party, but also the result of ‘protection setting’ tripping. This third fault is generally a result of peak power demand and there not being enough capacity in the system to meet that demand – a bit like you tripping a fuse in your home.
We will continue to question the Chief Minister as to what is going to be done to make sure there is enough capacity in the system. With the increasing cost of power residents have a right to a regular and consistent power supply.
As to compensation, ActewAGL have encouraged those who have suffered financial loss to fill in the form at this link:
Meanwhile, we will continue to pressure the government to make sure that requests for compensation are honoured, in line with Mr Petterson’s recent comments on this matter.
Statements issued by ActewAGL can be found in the media centre of the website – link below.
Clinton McAlister, Branch Manager, Works Delivery, ActewAGL Distribution will be speaking and answering questions on power outages at the next GCC public meeting. This will be held on Wednesday 14th May 6:30pm at the Forde Community Centre (NOT the Library which is unavailable).