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User Pays … with their lives.

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Victorias tragic fires have prompted the Federal Government to consider replacing thousands of wooden cross-arms on power poles across the state.

Victoria's tragic fires have prompted the Federal Government to consider replacing thousands of wooden cross-arms on power poles across the state.

Questioning the condition of power poles throughout rural Victoria will open a Pandora’s Box across all infrastructure that has been taken over by free enterprise.

We have seen the lack of investment into Victoria’s rail network and the consequent crisis in public transport that has followed.

Across rural Victoria, the same lack of infrastructure maintenance of our power poles can be seen in every small town and village.

It is commonplace to find wooden power poles that have rotted being braced with steel bars and cables trying to keep them upright – a situation that would not be tolerated in major towns and cities.

Small town and rural infrastructure suffers because, under the user pays paradigm, there are simply not enough users to pay for the replacement of worn out infrastructure.

Until the Federal Government picks up the ball to force infrastructure owners to maintain facilities to city standards in spite of the low populations in rural areas, the users will continue to pay – with their very lives.

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Written by Greg Naylor

20 February 2009 at 12:00 pm

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  1. It’s about time ALL power lines were placed underground, in my opinion, Greg. I know it’s a massive and extremely costly job but, hey, maybe Kevin should be directing a lot more of the $42 billion into this national project. Imagine the amount of jobs it would create. It’d make the Snowy River Scheme look like a work experience exercise. And imagine the benefits and savings it would provide in future. No more road crews and linesman needed (well far less than they have now). Imagine the aesthetic improvement it would make to our towns & countryside. And finally, imagine how many fires it would prevent.

    PS: I see a class action has been started against SP AusNET over the Beechworth fire. I actually agree with it and I’ll be posting about it later. Who knows, someone might even care to comment on it!

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    20 February 2009 at 12:10 pm

  2. That caption is interesting, Greg. Shouldn’t that read that the feds are telling the private owners to replace x-arms?

    $42b, Ray? That wouldn’t cover half of it.

    jr

    20 February 2009 at 2:29 pm

  3. Even if they did 20% of it, it would help, JR.

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    20 February 2009 at 4:25 pm

  4. Good point JR. However, when public assets are sold, the government is usually stuck with the maintenance bill. Tske the trains for instance. Brumby is buying trains for Connex to operate. The Vic Government bought back the country rail tracks. Sooo … Maybe the power company is covered by the government

    Greg Naylor

    20 February 2009 at 9:53 pm


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