[singlepic id=439 w=320 h=240 float=left] State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today welcomed the next stage of Ergon Energy’s Cyclone Area Reliability Enhancement (CARE) project.

Mr Pitt said the next stage will include a $3.4 million power upgrade for the Gordonvale community.

“The upgrade promises better reliability of supply during storms and cyclones while catering for future growth in the growing southern suburbs, building on the Edmonton project completed in 2010,” Mr Pitt said.

“The design work will be completed by the end of July with civil construction work set to start by the end of October. This will be followed by the necessary cabling work with the project expected to be completed by March 2013.

“CARE projects are about network reinforcement and power reliability and undergrounds power supply into important community facilities and will also provide for a more secure backbone supply into local residential areas.

“It’s good to know that essential services like sewerage will be operational in times of emergency, and other important community staples like local shops and schools can be open to ensure things get back to normal for the township as soon as possible.”

Community facilities including Gordonvale Primary School, Gordonvale State High School, Gordonvale Memorial Hospital, Pyramid Residential Aged Care, and the local IGA Supermarket will have power supply to their facilities put underground as part of the works.

“One of the primary outcomes of Ergon Energy’s CARE projects is to provide a network which is more resilient during storms and cyclones,” Mr Pitt said.

“While we can never completely ‘storm-proof’ our network, these works should improve storm resistance and make the job of restoring power supply quicker.

“People may experience some temporary disruptions to electricity supply while the works are being undertaken but it will be worth it down the track.”

Ergon Energy has spent more than $10 million on CARE Projects north of Mackay.