Country Energy attaching bird-scaring devices to the line over the Evans River three years ago.
Country Energy attaching bird-scaring devices to the line over the Evans River three years ago. Mike Hely

Evans River power line moved, bird flyway made

AUSTRALIAN Seabird Rescue President Marnie Bonner is a big fan of Country Energy because it considers wildlife in the work it does.

Now the electricity provider is planning to remove a high-voltage power line over the Evans River to help guarantee supply to the south side of town – and also create a clear flyway for birds.
Ms Bonner couldn’t be happier.

A power line was first dragged across the river in the mid-1950s to provide electricity to a slipway, carved out of the bush. Today an upgraded line provides power to the township south of the river.

Three years ago it was deemed hazardous to birdlife. An osprey had been electrocuted on the line and another was caught under a lightning rod atop one of the poles.

During a routine check of the line Country Energy attached wire loops to visually warn flying creatures.

At the time Country Energy mooted the idea of placing the line underground and out of the weather.

In February the authority will re-route the line through a conduit under the Evans River bridge.

“I applaud Country Energy for this move,” Ms Bonner said.

“It is a great thing to see this authority consider wildlife and the environment.”

Ms Bonner said pelicans and black-necked storks, and even the odd osprey, would benefit.
Country Energy recently finished upgrading 600 metres of powerlines in Evans Head, replacing old conductors to improve reliability.


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