DOZENS of trees were removed from the side of Friday Hut Rd recently to clear space for an electricity link between Ballina and Byron grids.

Friday Hut Rd between Bangalow Rd and Tintenbar is the route for the new powerline which will connect Ballina and Byron shires.

Residents of the area, who asked to remain anonymous, were happy with the result, saying "it lets more sunlight into the properties".

Heavy machinery was used to remove the trees, mostly camphor laurel and other non indigenous specimens, though some were more than 100-years-old.

Residents were contacted by the company contracted to remove the trees, and the work was done over the past two weeks.

The trees were chipped on-site and replaced by big camphor-scented piles of mulch, mostly taken by neighbours.

The last part of the wood cutting work was completed last weekend.

Now it is up to Essential Energy to start the connection of the new powerline link.

An Essential Energy spokesperson said the works were part of plans to upgrade the electricity network in the Friday Hut Rd area in coming months "to improve the reliability and sustainability of the local power supply".

"The project will involve the construction of a new high voltage powerline connecting the Knockrow and Bangalow main lines.

"This new powerline will enable crews to redirect power around the network in these areas in the event of an unplanned power supply interruption," she said.

The new powerline will follow Friday Hut Rd at Binna Burra near Brooklet Rd and will include both overhead and underground cables.

"Preparation work has commenced along Friday Hut Rd with construction of the powerline scheduled to start before Christmas," she said.

Essential Energy continues to liaise with residents about the improvement works and can be contacted on 13 20 80 for further information.



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