MASS BLACKOUT: Gold Coast homes, businesses without power

UPDATE @ 1.30 PM | More than 1,100 homes and businesses are without power across the Gold Coast this afternoon.

The suburb of Benowa has been the most affected by the outage, with 1090 properties in darkness.

More than 70 homes in Ashmore are also without power.


The cause of the outage is not yet known, however Energex says crews are desperately working to fix the issue as soon as possible.

Motorists are being urged to travel through the area with caution, with a number of traffic lights also blacked out.

EARLIER @ 12.45 PM | Homes and businesses in South East Queensland, including the Gold Coast, have briefly been thrown into darkness this afternoon.

The outage struck about midday on Tuesday, with a small fire at a powerlink substaion in Brisbane being blamed for the blackout.

Powerlink Queensland, which operates Queensland’s high-voltage electricity transmission network, says the blaze caused a “momentary dip in voltage”.

“A small fire at a north Brisbane substation has caused a momentary dip in power supply impacting customers in parts of South East Queensland,” Powerlink told myGC.

“Powerlink crews were immediately on site to secure the area. The fire was quickly contained and QFES also attended.”

Powerlink Chief Executive Kevin Kehl said he did not anticipate any further supply issues as a result.

“Customers would have experienced a brief dip in power supply as a result of the fire,” Mr Kehl said.

“We are undertaking a thorough investigation of the cause of the incident.”

The train network has also been affected, with travellers being warned of residual delays up to 20 minutes in both directions.