Ergon Energy area manager Dan Werthenbach with Energy Minister Anthony Lynham and Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert at the Tennyson Street substation.
Ergon Energy area manager Dan Werthenbach with Energy Minister Anthony Lynham and Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert at the Tennyson Street substation. Melanie Whiting

$28m boost to power up Mackay CBD

A MAJOR transformation planned for the CBD has proved crucial in securing a $28 million investment in Mackay's electricity infrastructure to ensure the city is "powering into the future”.

The funding will see an upgrade of the Mackay City Substation after it was allocated as part of a $2.2 billion electricity reliability package in the State Budget.

Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said after more than 50 years serving the community, the Tennyson Street substation revamp would improve the reliability of electricity supply for more than 4600 existing customers, including operators in the tourism, entertainment and business precinct.

The upgrade is set to be a crucial element of the Mackay Waterfront PDA, an ambitious strategy to reinvigorate a large part of the city's centre through a variety of infrastructure, construction and revitalisation developments, separated into five diverse precincts.

"This investment ... will give investors looking at the PDA development the confidence that they're going to have the power they need to put in the multi-storey developments that we're hoping will come along with the PDA,” Mrs Gilbert said.

"This is fantastic for Mackay, for development, for the renewal of our city heart.”

Energy Minister Anthony Lynham said the identification of the city's riverfront as a priority area by Mackay Regional Council had reinforced the need to upgrade the ageing substation.

"The $28 million upgrade will ensure Mackay is powering into the future,” Dr Lynham said.

The existing electrical equipment at the Mackay substation will be replaced with two new transformers, operating switchgear and power cables exiting the substation.

The new modular indoor HV switch rooms will be installed on Ergon Energy land adjacent to the substation.

Mrs Gilbert said the new substation would be cyclone-proof and raised off the ground to withstand a one in 50-year flood event.

Ergon Energy said it would ensure the least possible disruption to nearby businesses and residents during the construction phase.

"The modern, modular buildings earmarked for the substation site are designed to be more visually appealing to the community,” Ergon area manager Dan Werthenbach said.

The substation upgrade and associated changes to the distribution network are on track to be completed in October 2020.



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