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Earthing device eases fire fears A DEVICE that reduces the risk of a spark from a powerline causing a fire is being installed at a Dromana electricity substation. The rapid earth fault current limiter is expected to be ready in time for summer. This is the third device to be installed in the United Energy network area. The first system was used to lessen the risk of bushfires at Frankston South as part of a 2009 trial and the second was installed at Mornington in November. The devices have so far automatically activated more than 530 times on the Mornington Peninsula, which is one of United Energy’s highest bushfire risk areas. Crews are working on overhead powerlines and other infrastructure in the area and this work will continue all year. The Dromana substation supports 16,359 customers, supplied by seven feeders, 270km of overhead powerlines and 33km of underground cable. “We are focused on delivering safe power to homes and business and these devices will significantly improve the safety of the infrastructure and reduce the risk of fires starting from electricity assets,” United Energy’s David Wilkinson, said. “Our crews will be upgrading infrastructure throughout 2019 in the Dromana area to accommodate the new technology.”

Safety first: Crews install the rapid earth fault current limiter at Dromana. Picture: Supplied

His talk at the conservation council’s meeting will include research he presented to the 2018 Chicago Landscape Below Ground conference. The Port Phillip Conservation Council’s annual general meeting starts at 7pm on Monday 21 October at Longbeach Place, 15 Chelsea Road, Chelsea.

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A TREE expert will speak about trees above and below the ground at the annual general meeting of Port Phillip Conservation Council. Dr Moore Greg Moore a botanist and “plant mechanic” at Melbourne University, conducts research into horticultural science, revegetation and ecology and specialises in arboriculture. Part of his research involves understanding how trees cope with the environment and promoting the benefits of trees in the urban environment.

FRIENDS, family members, co-workers or school companions who have gone “above and beyond” to make the peninsula a better place are eligible for 2020 Australia Day Awards. Categories for nomination include Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year. Nominations close Friday 8 November. Visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/ausdayawards or contact Christine Aslanidis 5950 1137 oe email christine.aslanidis@mornpen.vic.gov.au.

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YOU ARE INVITED DATE: Monday 28 October TIME: 12pm for 12:30 start LOCATION: Mornington Racecourse Gate 3, 320 Racecourse Road, Mornington

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KEY TOPIC: Should our Shire commit to being ‘Small Business Friendly‘?

Members $75 Non-Members $85 Ticket price includes 2 course luncheon. Drinks at bar prices.

Ms. O’Connell’s address will include: The role and small business resource that is the Victorian Small Business Commissioner

Tickets available for the event can be obtained via: www.committeeformp.com.au and further information can be requested via info@committeeformp.com.au or 03 5950 1054.

• An overview of the ‘Small BusinessFriendly Council’ initiative (and the process to support Councils living up to their Charter commitments • Why Councils have chosen to participate and practical examples of local government initiatives to support small business We’ve love for you to join this interactive luncheon and have your say. Bookings essential.

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