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Farmers & Graziers

21 July, 2021

Sparks fly over next weeks power shutdown in Mackays CBD

CANEGROWERS Mackay CEO Kerry Latter today expressed outrage that routine maintenance by Ergon Energy has been scheduled so as to cause 66 businesses in Mackay’s CBD maximum disruption next week. Ergon Energy has advised that the power supply will be shut down for six hours or more next Thursday 29 July - a normal working day for the businesses concerned.



CANEGROWERS Mackay CEO Kerry Latter today expressed outrage that routine maintenance by Ergon Energy has been scheduled so as to cause 66 businesses in Mackay’s CBD maximum disruption next week.

Ergon Energy has advised that the power supply will be shut down for six hours or more next Thursday 29 July - a normal working day for the businesses concerned.

“We have been advised of a total electricity shutdown to 66 businesses in our building and in surrounding areas of Wood Street in Mackay’s city centre next Thursday 29 July between 8 am and 2 pm,” said Mr Latter.

“The complete power shutdown has been described by Ergon as unavoidable - not because of a natural disaster or other emergency where no alternative backup arrangement can be made to keep affected businesses running, but because they have apparently scheduled in concrete a routine matter of replacing a power pole and transformer and will not budge on rearranging the day.

“Rather than move this routine operation to a more appropriate time when offices are not open, such as on the weekend, Ergon has decided to force businesses to close for this period at a significant cost in lost business productivity. Presumably they are willing to face the wrath of their customers and push the costs back on to them rather than pay their workers to work on the weekend.

“The arrogance of this proposed disruption and Ergon’s refusal to cooperate with businesses wholly dependent on the electricity supply leaves me speechless. It is particularly galling at a time in Australia’s financial life when all steps should be taken to keep business operating smoothly to counter the effect of the pandemic closing the economy in other states.”


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