Work is progressing on the approved upgrade to a local Energex substation in Wool Street, Toowong. The upgrade will help increase the reliability of power supply not just in Toowong but also in its surrounding suburbs, like Taringa, St Lucia, and Auchenflower.
Now in its second stage, the $4 million project will involve the installation of a new transformer along with associated electrical work. It’s part of the State Government’s investment in infrastructure for Queensland communities to support current and future growth.
According to Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham, these upgrades are designed to cater for current and future electrical needs of Toowong and surrounding suburbs, which have experienced steady growth over many years.
“This is an investment in current and future jobs, with major employers like Toowong Village in the area, and major redevelopment expected on the former Woolworths site,” Dr Lynham said.
Aside from increasing the substation’s capacity and improving its technical capabilities, the upgrades will be particularly handy during storms and emergency power outages when Energex staff can shift power around remotely, getting supply up and running faster.
“While people are the heart of any community, infrastructure is the backbone and a quality electricity network certainly breathes life into the things people do every day,” Dr Lynham added.
Work has already commenced and subject to site and weather conditions, the upgrades are anticipated to be completed by mid-2020.