My constituency question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and concerns the ever-present danger posed by faulty power infrastructure across my electorate of Western Victoria Region and indeed throughout Victoria. Recent fires in my region were caused by electrical elements, including faulty wooden power poles that were past their use-by date. Only today I learned of an entire powerline collapsing on the roadside into dry, long grass and alongside a property already affected by last year’s fires. It appears not only that the poles are dangerous but also that the rusted metal fittings attached to powerlines are a problem. With 600 000 power poles and trillions of attached fittings across the state, what action is the minister taking to rectify this dangerous infrastructure issue before more lives and property are impacted?

21 March 2019