TransGrid takes to the skies

17/05/2019

Helicopter patrols will inspect the electricity transmission network in the coming weeks to identify any potential bushfire risks and assess the condition of TransGrid towers and powerlines.

"These annual safety inspections are an important part of our comprehensive maintenance program to ensure the transmission network is safe for the community and our staff," said Darren Clarke, TransGrid's Customer Engagement Manager.

A specialist team will inspect more than 13,000 kilometres of transmission line and infrastructure across TransGrid's state-wide network.

The patrols identify vegetation encroachments along transmission line easements and check infrastructure for any maintenance issues.

"Residents across the region may see low-flying helicopters moving along our transmission lines," Mr Clarke said.  

"We would like to thank the community for their understanding as we carry out our inspection program and remind the public to exercise caution around transmission lines and towers."

Weather permitting, TransGrid will inspect high voltage transmission lines across the following areas: 

Week Commencing 20 May: Clarence Valley 
Koolkhan, Grafton, Dilkoon
Week Commencing 20 May: Mid North Coast
Coffs Harbour, Boambee, Raleigh, Nambucca, Kempsey, Macksville 
Week Commencing 20 May: New England

Tamworth, Armidale, Glen Innes, Tenterfield

Week Commencing 20 May: Northern Rivers
​Lismore, Grafton, Casino
Week Commencing 27 May: New England

Tamworth, Narrabri, Armidale, Glen Innes, Inverell, Gunnedah, Moree, Texas

Week Commencing 31 May: Lithgow

Mt Piper

Week Commencing 31 May: Mudgee-Gulgong

​Wollar

Week Commencing 31 May: Central West
Orange
Week Commencing 3 June: Lithgow
​Mt Piper, Cullen Bullen, Wallerawang, Portland
Week Commencing 3 June: Mudgee-Gulgong
​Mudgee, Gulgong, Wollar, Beryl
Week Commencing 3 June: Central West
​Orange, Molong, Manildra


*This schedule may be subject to change

For more information on where TransGrid's helicopter will fly over coming weeks, please contact our toll-free hotline on 1800 222 537.