Work has started on the next stage of a major project to boost the reliability of the electricity supply in the Cairns central business district.
Member for Cairns Michael Healy said Ergon Energy crews would start excavation in Grafton Street next Monday.
“This will pave the way for the replacement of two critical underground cables that power the city’s commercial precinct,” Mr Healy said.
“There’ll be two new high-voltage underground cables and a small substation installed.
“It will involve some minor disruption, but the end result will be welcome upgrades to supply for businesses in Lake Street.”
It is the second major Ergon project to get underway in Cairns, with work also proceeding on a $42 million redevelopment of Ergon’s inner-city facilities, a project that will generate work for more than 360 people. Locals Bryant Building Contractors won the first contracts for the work.
Ergon has been progressively improving network reliability in the area by replacing ageing assets, including cables, conduits, joints and small concrete-mounted substations.
On Monday (18 May) excavation work will start on the Grafton Street footpath, between Shields and Spence Streets, from Hides Hotel to Marino’s Arcade.
For the community’s safety, access around the work sites will be restricted and traffic control will be in place.
The northbound lane of Lake Street, between Spence and Shields Streets, will be closed for several hours on Sunday 7 June.
Mr Healy said a new, improved power network would outweigh the short-term inconvenience, with work expected to be finished within six weeks.
Queensland’s publicly-owned electricity companies - Powerlink, Ergon, Energex, CS Energy, Stanwell Corp and CleanCo - will invest more than $2.2 billion on capital works in 2019-20, supporting up to 4900 jobs.