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New electrical substation for Gisborne

The Gisborne area may experience more secure and reliable power after the Victorian energy minister unveiled a new electrical substation.

Michael O'Brien revealed the $13.7-million facility yesterday (February 27), with the Gisborne Zone Substation being built by electricity distributor Powercor.

It is all part of a commitment by the government to provide safe, reliable power to an expanding region - as more people equals increased demand.

Mr O'Brien said: "Upgrades to the electricity network are crucial to maintaining the energy supply we need to power Victorian households and businesses and to keep the economy strong.

"Gisborne and its surrounding areas are rapidly growing. Without this new substation, reliability would be affected and the growing demand from this region would in time overwhelm the network."

Areas that will benefit from the new substation include Gisborne, New Gisborne, Riddells Creek, Macedon and Mount Macedon.

A secure supply of energy is the name of the game with this project, as power no longer has to travel through the Macedon ranges to reach the Gisborne area. Previously, a problem with the line was more difficult to fix, as access challenges ensured solving the problem took longer.

Other locations will benefit as capacity will be freed up for the supply of power to the Woodend and Kyneton areas.

If you are unhappy with your electricity supplier, talk to a comparison and switching service.

Posted by Charlie Moore