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Main Arm, The Pocket and Mullumbimy Creek outage.

Main Arm, The Pocket and Mullumbimby Creek lost their electricity in the last hour through an unplanned outage. 

The electricity went out just after 9.30am this morning leaving over 700 households without electricity. Those with solar are smiling quietly to themselves over their independence from the electricity grid. 

Currently, the reason for the electricity outage is unknown and is being investigated by Essential Energy. 

‘Just after 9.30am this morning, Essential Energy customers in parts of Billinudgel, Main Arm and surrounding areas, are currently affected by an unplanned power outage,’ Essential Energy’s, Chris Maccoll, Operations Manager Coastal, told The Echo.

‘Network protection equipment automatically operated, isolating power supply to 711 customers following the detection of a fault on the high voltage powerline supplying power to those areas.

‘Crews have immediately responded and have commenced a patrol of the powerline and power poles to identify the fault.

‘Essential Energy apologises for any inconvenience and assures customers it is working as quickly as safety will allow to restore power. Outage tips and updates are available on Essential Energy’s website at essentialenergy.com.au/outages-and-faults

‘Essential Energy reminds everyone if they see fallen or damaged powerlines or poles to remain at least eight metres away and report to Essential Energy immediately on 13 20 80.’

Coorabell outage.

Coorabell and other unplanned outages

40 households in Coorabell have also lost electricity from 1.47am this morning. The unplanned outage is due to ‘vegetation in wires’ and the estimated reconnection time is 4pm today. 

There are unplanned outages also in Lismore which is affecting two households and a small outage listed as ‘multiple failures’ just off Turntable Creek Road near Osborne Bridge. 

Ballina outage.

Planned outage Ballina

Ballin currently has a planned outage affecting 180 households which will run from 9.3am till 2.30pm today for general maintenance work around Cherry Street between Hunter Street and St Francis Place. 

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