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Victoria Minister for Energy and Resources Michael O’Brien

Minister Praises Efforts Of Volunteers, Power Staff In Flood Power Rescue Effort

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Energy and Resources Michael O’Brien today praised the efforts of hard-working volunteers and power company workers who protected the electricity supply of thousands of families in Northern Victoria from the devastating January floods.

Visiting Horsham and Kerang today to thank CFA and SES volunteers and workers from power companies SP AusNet and Powercor, Mr. O’Brien said that the round-the-clock filling of sandbags and building of levees had meant most people retained power despite record floods that threatened local terminal stations.

“Without the tireless work of volunteers and power company staff, the hardship caused by the floods would have been much worse had there been the loss of electricity.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“All Victorians pay tribute to the selflessness and community spirit of those who worked so hard to save vital community power supplies during the floods.”

“Their efforts in Horsham meant that only 480 customers were off power at any one time and most were reconnected within 24 hours.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“The threat to the Kerang Terminal Station was even more severe had the floodwaters breached the control room, more than 20,000 Victorians living in the North-West would have been in the dark.”

“This was a huge joint effort from the CFA, SES and power companies, assisted by flood prediction expertise from the State Control Centre which helped with accurate placement of levees and sandbag barriers.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“While the post-flood clean-up will take some time yet and many food and fibre producers are still suffering from flood damage, this is a wonderful and inspiring example of the community spirit that is so strong throughout Victoria.”

“What happened in Horsham and Kerang was repeated many times throughout the state, with the community pitching in to help for the greater good.” Mr. O’Brien said.

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