QLD energy minister thanks Energex employees

The Queensland energy minister this week (February 18) personally thanked electricity suppliers for their quick response to Cyclone Oswald.

Mark McArdle visited two Energex depots at Greenslopes and Newstead to express the gratitude of the state government for restoring power efficiently across south-east Queensland.

The minister will tour other Energex depots next week, to also offer his sincerest thanks, as the storm was the biggest in the energy company's history.

He explained: "At its peak, Energex reported 262,874 customers without power, while a total of more than 300,000 Energex customers lost power during the bad weather.

"In addition, Energex reported more than 5,000 electricity wires downed by winds and more than 100 poles snapped by fallen trees, winds or flood waters – resulting in the replacement of more than 80 kilometres of cables and wire."

Mr McArdle continued by saying that as a result of the disaster, up to 3,000 Energex staff were called in to respond to the emergency.

Between January 29 and 30 - a 24 hour period - up to 100,000 customers had their power restored, with the minister saying this is a testament to the ability and fortitude of the employees.

Once customers had their power turned back on, Energex staff were dispatched to assist Ergon Energy customers who were affected by flood damage.

Posted by Charlie Moore