10,000 lose power but battle on
MARYBOROUGH Magistrate John Smith either has ESP or a whole lot of faith in Ergon Energy.
When a power outage interrupted a committal hearing in the Maryborough Magistrates Court yesterday just after 10am Mr Smith told several witnesses to return at 11am to continue the case.
His order may have been optimistic but Ergon Energy came through and had the power restored by 10.43am.
In the meantime, motorists and pedestrians braved the roads without traffic lights operating and businesses throughout the CBD battled on without cash registers, coffee machines or computers.
The disruption was not enough to take the staff at Kelley’s Nails of Excellence and Beauty away from their customers.
Client Yasmin Schonrock was half way through getting a manicure when the Bazaar Street salon was plunged into darkness.
But owner Kelley Nancarrow knew the nails had to be painted and moved her treatment table out into the sunshine to finish off the job.
“The job has to be done,” she said with a smile.
“We’re doing an open-air demonstration now.”
The power outage affected about 10,000 Ergon Energy customers in Maryborough, Oakhurst, Granville, Tinana, Bidwill, Boonooroo, Maaroom, Poona, Tinnanbar and Tuan.
An Ergon Energy spokesman said the power supply into the Maryborough City and Tuan substations was lost at 10.07am and the supply from the Rocky Street substation was lost seven minutes later.
The cause of the problems was still a mystery yesterday afternoon.
“Investigations are continuing to understand the circumstances that led the network protection system to trip,” the spokesman said.