March 11, 2008

Reading of electricity meters in south east Queensland, which has been restricted during the EI outbreak, returned to normal this week.

Since the start of the outbreak, power company Energex and contractors have worked closely with the DPI&F to develop a range of processes which have changed the way capital works and maintenance, meter reading and emergency response were conducted in infected areas.

Energex's EI Project Team Leader Dayle Grant said the company had adopted a cautious approach to a range of work practices in a bid to reduce the chance that the company's crews and contractors could inadvertently spread EI.

Ms Grant said that as a result of this cautious approach a number of services have been restricted in some areas of the south east Queensland electricity network.

"The company has expended significant amounts of money developing decontamination procedures (including supply and contracts for cleaning vehicles and other field equipment), work manuals and new data base information," she said.

Meter readers have not been able to enter some properties and as a result data from historical power use has been used to estimate the electricity use which in turn retailers use to calculate accounts.

In a vast majority of cases these readings are extremely close - being slighter lower or higher - to the actual readings.

With meter reading services now able to resume fully, and actual readings carried out, customer accounts will be adjusted to reflect the exact power use.

• Eight well-bred thoroughbred mares that were seized for animal welfare reasons before the EI outbreak will be sold by auction in Warwick on March 20.

The sale is the first conducted by the Government since the outbreak of EI last August.

The eight mares to be sold include:

Love to Win, Ch, 2000. Dam - Masatola, Sire - General Nediym.
Embassies (AUS), Br, 1999. Dam - Audley Street (NZ), Sire - Quest For Fame (GB).
Unnamed, Ch, 2002. Dam - French Tide (Can), Sire - Flying Spur.
Exotic Show (AUS), Bay, 1993. Dam - Hussar's Show (AUS), Sire - Bluebird (USA). Currently under veterinary treatment for a wire cut to the near fore fetlock.
Doc's Daughter, Bay, 1994. Dam - La Prudence (AUS), Sire - Dr Grace (NZ).
Afara's Diamond, Ch, 1992. Dam - Afara's Profit, Sire - Meadowlake.
Miss Tiramisu, Ch, 1995. Dam - Vain Lyric, Sire - Naturalism.
Mega Belle, Bay, 1989. Dam - Belle Papillon, Sire - Atropine.