SAFETY FEARS: Russell Comber is concerned about a powerline that had been pushed down by a fallen gum tree on Neill Rd, Diamond Valley.
SAFETY FEARS: Russell Comber is concerned about a powerline that had been pushed down by a fallen gum tree on Neill Rd, Diamond Valley. Patrick Woods

Residents shocked at relaxed attitude to fallen powerline

A GUM tree that fell on to a powerline in Diamond Valley has been left unattended for several weeks, according to local residents.

The live powerline in Neill Rd is virtually touching the ground, creating a hazard for the community.

But Russell Comber says Energex has not responded to calls from "three residents" to fix the problem.

His concerns were fuelled when a powerline caused a small fire in nearby Hunchy on Tuesday.

"I saw the smoke from that fire and thought about the powerline that had been down for several weeks in Neill Rd," Mr Comber said.

"I know of at least three people who have rung up Energex about this problem."

However, an Energex spokesman said there was no record of the calls.

He promised to investigate as soon as the issue was brought to their attention.

Mr Comber said the advertisements about powerlines made people more alert.

"You always see the advert with a powerline over the tree and them telling you to call Energex to be safe," he said. "But when we did, they didn't seem concerned about it. The electricity nearby is still connected."


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