Energex project manager Graham Baldwin speaks to concerned residents at the sub-station in Graham Rd, Pomona.
Energex project manager Graham Baldwin speaks to concerned residents at the sub-station in Graham Rd, Pomona. Darryn Smith

Landscaping to shield from eyesore

POMONA residents living around rural Grahams Rd were told they were getting a power booster that resembled the compact Yandina substation which is about the size of a standard shipping container.

It was designed to end the ongoing blackouts that have plagued the Cooran, Pomona, Boreen Point, Kin Kin and Pinbarren area for some time.

The reality they stare at every time they drive by now is what Celia Jones describes as "Chernobyl".

Even the country-loving Energex project manager trying to "settle the horses" out there, Graham Baldwin, says he has seen nothing like it before.

Residents met with Mr Baldwin and his team outside the supersized substation and he assured them Energex would spend "what it takes" to make the site look less of an affront.

Residents who met at the site have been left underwhelmed by the results of the $60,000 stage one landscaping, which is designed to screen the alien-like infrastructure.

Mr Baldwin told the residents he would ensure that stage two landscaping, which had a budget of $70,000, would be increased to accommodate extra plantings identified by local residents "to meet community needs".

"We take their point. When you come around the corner there, you see a bit of a monstrosity. Part of the solution is to do plantings above and beyond," said Mr Baldwin.

Gympie Times


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