Media Release

Trucks in an area affected by bushfire

Safety and bushfire readiness report released

27 November 2020

The latest electricity network safety report released by Essential Energy today, confirms the organisation’s ongoing focus on safety. The Electricity Network Safety Management System Performance & Bushfire Preparedness Report also outlines the significant preparation activities to prepare the organisation for the 2020 bushfire season.

The latest Report sets out the annual safety performance for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 and the bushfire preparedness for the period 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020. It provides details of incidents, vegetation management activities and the number of inspections undertaken. The reports also provide information on how Essential Energy has prepared for the bushfire season and highlights the importance of public safety campaigns to promote local community safety around the network, specifically targeting at-risk groups including the general public; transport; agribusiness and the building and construction industry.

The Electricity Network Safety Management System (ENSMS) is a framework of policies and plans in place to help manage the safety of Essential Energy’s network, which covers 737,000 square kilometres across regional NSW and parts of southern Queensland. With a footprint that covers 95 per cent of NSW, the network overlaps with some of the highest risk bushfire zones in the State. Managing the risk of bushfires is an important part of keeping the network safe and reliable for the 865,000 customers and communities served by Essential Energy.

The reports can be found here.

Media contact: Melanie Pope, PR and Community Manager
t: 0418 160 031
e: melanie.pope@essentialenergy.com.au

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