ActewAGL helicopter delivery of power poles

llib 7 June 2005 3

Okay, so it’s blatent self-promotion from ActewAGL, but I think it’s interesting: “ActewAGL successfully installed 15, 12.5 meter steel electricity poles by helicopter at Isaccs Ridge, Black Mountain and Mount Ainslie yesterday. ”

ActewAGL press release:


ActewAGL successfully installed 15, 12.5 meter steel electricity poles by helicopter at Isaccs Ridge, Black Mountain and Mount Ainslie yesterday.

The works were carried out in terrain only accessible by air and a small excavating machine. ActewAGL worked with Canberra Nature Parks to ensure the process was environmentally sound.

ActewAGL General Manager Networks Noel Whitehill said, “Loading and delivering the poles by helicopter was the most environmentally friendly and cost-effective method of installing the new poles.

“Using a helicopter meant tracks and roads didn’t have to be cut through sensitive park areas and it also kept inconvenience to bushwalkers and motorists to a minimum.”

The steel power poles replaced the condemned timber ones at each location. Steel is the preferred material because it’s lighter than the timber poles, which are too heavy for the helicopters to lift.”

The new power poles supply high-voltage 11-kilovolt power. The Isaccs Ridge power poles provide electricity to the communication towers along Isaccs Ridge and the Quamby Youth Detention Center. The power poles at Mount Ainslie provide electricity to Mount Ainslie, which includes the Emergency Services equipment and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s navigation equipment. And the power poles at Black Mountain provide electricity to the peninsula’s recreation area and back-up power to the Telstra Tower.

ActewAGL would like to thank the public for their cooperation during the project.

For further media information:
Michelle Heins
Telephone: 6248 3126
Mobile: 0414 515 359

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3 Responses to ActewAGL helicopter delivery of power poles
Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 11:35 am 07 Jun 05

Well, they did it all without cutting power to my house at any stage….so for once in my life, Congratulations ActewAGL.


Canberra_unsung_hero Canberra_unsung_hero 11:28 am 07 Jun 05

Not a bad achievement actually. I suppose somebody should give them a pat on the back … but they seem to have done that themselves !

Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 11:20 am 07 Jun 05

Wow, ActewAGL have actually released some info on what the various power lines supply…although they did forget to mention the substation on Mt Ainslie which is where all the “11 Kilovolt” lines pass through.

The press release came out on Monday, but I didn’t hear any helicopters on Sunday…and I live right near Mt Ainslie…I did hear helicopter type noises coming from that direction last week though.


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