Ergon to release cyclone outlookBy Renee Cluff, Monday October 14, 2013 - 11:19 EDT
Ergon Energy says it is confident it can cope with the upcoming cyclone season in north Queensland, despite cutting 15 per cent of its workforce over the past 18 months.
The Bureau of Meteorology is due to release its seasonal cyclone outlook tomorrow - forecasters have recently said they expect at least one cyclone to cross the far north coast.
Ergon's chief executive Ian McLeod says hardly any of its jobs cut were front-line positions.
"We have the same field resource levels that we had during Yasi in 2010 and the other issue is Yasi was the biggest deployment of field resources in Australia - we had people from Energex, we had people from New South Wales, we had people from as far away as Victoria," he said.
"So in an event like that you have to draw resources from all around the country, so I have no issues there."
Mr McLeod says a high-power generator known as 'Pegasus' has been deployed to Cairns, in preparation for the cyclone season.
"Once you get a cyclone through it's about getting the business centres on as quick as you can, so they've got communications, food, all those sorts of things, a sense of normality and that's what the Pegasus will do, it will allow us to put big areas on very quickly," he said.
© ABC 2013
More breaking news
What will the weather be like for ANZAC Day Dawn Services around the country? Sydney will be dry with temperatures ranging from around 18 degrees in the east to 14 in the west.
Queensland's upcoming budget is expected to take a $1.5 billion hit from Cyclone Debbie, Treasurer Curtis Pitt says, despite the overall damage bill to private and public infrastructure predicted to reach $2 billion.
The best rain in three-to-six months will soak parts of the Murray-Darling Basin during the next three days, before a wintry blast grips Australia's southeast.