Problem power poles getting regular checks

Potentially dangerous power poles in Upper Clutha camping grounds are being checked regularly by lines company staff over the holidays.

Before Christmas, Aurora Energy identified and checked the condition of poles in what were considered high-traffic holiday areas, such as camping grounds and parks in Upper Clutha.

The company consulted the Queenstown Lakes District Council to identify the high traffic areas.

Aurora Energy spokesman Gary Johnson said four ''condition zero'' poles were identified in the Upper Clutha as needing to be replaced or reinforced before the busy holiday period.

Condition zero poles have been identified as having the potential to fall down without any environmental influences and need to be replaced within three months.

Other poles inside camping grounds were also identified as needing to be checked regularly by staff from Aurora's sister company, Delta, during the same period.

At the Lake Hawea Holiday Park, one condition zero pole was fenced off with safety barriers to keep holidaymakers a safe distance away.

To minimise disruption to holidaymakers, the problem pole would be replaced after the summer holidays, Mr Johnson said.

Another pole in the Albert Town Camping Ground was replaced before Christmas.

Two problem poles were also identified in Wanaka. One on Stratford Tce was replaced and one on Upton St was reinforced, both before Christmas.

In November, Aurora Energy committed to spend $30 million replacing 2910 poles in Otago by December this year.

All the 1181 condition zero poles identified at the time are expected to be replaced by April.

tim.miller@odt.co.nz

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