Contractor did proper checks

A CONTRACTOR working on Optus’s new mobile broadband expansion had done the necessary investigations before digging into a natural gas line in Maryborough’s CBD, an Optus spokesman said yesterday.

“We believe the contractors Lasercom had the appropriate approvals and Dial Before You Dig plans of the gas network,” corporate affairs manager Simone Bergholcs said.

But the plans provided allegedly did not match what was actually under the ground.

Thursday’s gas leak sent two schools into lockdown evacuated homes and businesses.

“We have launched an investigation to ensure such incidents don’t happen in the future,” Ms Bergholcs said.

Meanwhile, parents have praised the quick and efficient manner in which children were evacuated.

Jenny Elliott, whose children attend Maryborough Central and Maryborough High, said the events had only confirmed her complete faith in the lockdown and evacuation measures in place at both schools.



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