Millions of dollars worth of upgrades to the Gold Coast electricity supply have been given the ‘flick’ of approval.
Three Gold Coast substations will undergo $45 million worth of upgrades, with another $8.5 million still in planning stages.
With construction beginning next year, the upgrades will directly benefit nearly 13,000 homes and businesses in Surfers Paradise, thanks to funding from the 2019/20 state budget.
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It comes after Enegex rolled out their own upgrades to stations at Labrador, Palm Beach and Bundall.
Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham visited the Palm Beach substation today to inspect the recently-finished project.
“The main part of the work at these zone substations was to replace equipment that had reached retirement age, plus new buildings and associated works.
“This particular substation is an important part of the electricity distribution network for the Gold Coast and provides supply to about 9700 customers in the Bilinga, Currumbin, Currumbin Waters, Elanora and Palm Beach areas,” Dr Lynham said.
Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon says a safe and reliable electricity network was essential for the Gold Coast.
“These upgrades will help bolster the local power network for many years to come as the government continues to invest responsibly in the State’s electricity supply.”
“The massive upgrade to three of the Gold Coast’s larger substations and planned upgrade of a fourth require quite a lot of complex construction in the immediate area and I thank the local community for their understanding while these necessary upgrades were underway,” Ms Scanlon said.