More power for the people of Nimbin

Country Energy is about to upgrade the transformer in Nimbin, hopefully meaning a more reliable electricity supply.

The overhead power lines will also be replaced.

Country Energy spokesperson Mike Hely said the upgrade should mean that during busy times, such as the annual MardiGrass festival, supply would be smoother.

Every year lots of people come along and plug in their extension cords so this year they should be able to have the festival and not worry about disruptions to supply, Mr Hely said.

MardiGrass organiser Michael Balderstone said while he was pleased the electricity supply would be more reliable, it was a pity other options to traditional supplies had not been considered, such as solar power. He also said Lismore City Council could have buried the powerlines underground.

We are living in the alternative capital of the world and we could be a living example of different options to traditional energy sources, Mr Balderstone said. Its a shame this opportunity was wasted.

Country Energy said residents could expect slight delays in traffic around Cullen and Sibley streets once work started but plenty of warning would be given.


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