Fire-resistant power poles unveiled

FIRE resistant power pole have been installed south of Dunalley to ensure Forestier and Tasman Peninsular residents are not without power for too long in the event of a bushfire.

Crews were at the site today constructing the second feeder line using the concrete poles.

Aurora Energy chief operating officer for distribution Warren Batchelor said the new poles would provide extra security, comfort and back-up power supply for customers in the case of another fire.

More than 750 power poles were destroyed in the major bushfires at Dunalley last January.

``If a similar bushfire occurred again, these fire-retardant poles will enable a faster restoration of supply, providing comfort to customers in places such as Murdunna, Sommers Bay, Eaglehawk Neck, Nubeena, White Beach, Saltwater River, Slopen Main and Port Arthur,'' Mr Batchelor said.

Some customers who lost power last year had to wait almost two weeks for their power to be restored.

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