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Cape blackout raises
“HOW can they approve a new 900-lot subdi-
vision if they can’t handle the number of houses
they’ve got here now!”
That was the response from one Cape Paterson
resident after the power was cut to 120 homes last
Friday morning as a result, according to a techni-
cian from AusNet Services, of an overloaded sub-
Iain Ritchie of Marine Street said he was woken
up on Friday morning at about 3am with the pow-
er to his phone flashing on and off.
“I thought it was just one of those things that
happens,” he said.
By the time he woke up later in the morning,
AusNet Services had been around to more than
100 houses in an area including those in parts of
Sail, Anglers, Marine and Anchor streets and cut
the power off while they repaired/replaced the sub-
“They must have broken into the meter boxes
at about 5am because they left a letter saying the
power would be reconnected by 2pm that after-
“It was getting pretty hot so I guess a lot of people
had their air conditioners and that sort of thing
running and it just got overloaded.
“There’s a meeting at the Cape Hall tonight
(Monday, January 9) where the number one topic
of conversation is likely to be the 900-lot subdivi-
sion they are proposing.
“There’s nothing down here at the moment. No
services, no nothing. Not even enough power, so
how do they think they can accommodate another
900 houses. That’s the question I’d be asking.”
The law of unintended consequences for would-
But the power surge and subsequent outage did
have direct consequences for those affected.
“As it turned out, I didn’t have any appliances
damaged but there’s a lot that did,” said Iain.
Air conditioners, fridges, freezers and TVs all
damaged to some degree just as one week’s rent-
ers were finishing up and another due to go in.
“The only inconvenience for me was that you
had to be there when they came to reconnect your
power and check your appliances. My power fi-
nally came back on at 6pm but fortunately I had
someone who could be there because I had an ap-
pointment,” he said.
Yvonne and Gary Kitney in Marine Street didn’t
get the power back on until Saturday morning at
about 10am and although none of their appliances
were damaged, a lot of the perishable food they
had in the fridge-freezer and freezer was ruined in
the hot conditions.
“They told us to take a photo of the things we lost
and we would be compensated,” Mrs Kitney said.
“But people did lose things. There were boxes
of new electrical equipment in the front yard of a
place near us where they had tenants going out
and some coming in. I’m not sure if that affected
“AusNet were pretty good about it but it caused a
lot of trouble,” she said.
Facebook has been running hot with people’s
He’s what one person posted, suggesting AusNet
call a meeting with residents so everyone gets the
“Has anyone had any luck with starting claims
with AusNet since the power surge? So many ques-
tions etc. Possibly a meeting in Cape with AusNet
to give everyone the same answers? I’m not a resi-
dent of Cape but my mum is a long-term resident
who is getting very upset with it all and I’m sure
she’s not the only one.”
She went on to say that a relative had lost her
split system, fridge (with $200 worth of food) tele-
vision, two hand-held phones, DVD/VCR player,
“An electrician came today and certified that split
system, only six months old, is beyond repair. We
are currently trying to complete the claim forms to
send off ASAP,” she said.
The lady said she had contacted the insurance
company but received the response that because
it was a power serge they will not cover anything.
Dylan Balkay and Charlotte Markowitsch drove from Melbourne to attend their first
Kustom Nats event at San Remo on Friday, January 6. msKustom1_021
Kustom Nats hit the Island
FOR devotees of the customised car move-
ment in Australia, attending the Kustom Nats
on Phillip Island is an annual highlight of the
A swarm of gleaming customised vintage cars
descended upon Phillip Island on Friday, Janu-
ary 6 for a weekend of show and shine events.
The three day long car event gives car owners
the chance to come together to witness the lat-
est in customised car culture, from the mildly
customised cruisers to crazy, unique modifica-
The first stop on the weekend’s agenda was
the beach party in San Remo on Friday evening,
with cars lining the streets of the town, bonnets
popped and owners proudly standing by.
Owner of a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle, Dylan
Balkay, was attending the Kustom Nats beach
party for the first time.
At just 19 years old, Dylan was one of the
youngest car owners at the event.
Dylan – who is still on his P plates – made the
journey to the island from Melbourne.
“It’s just something I’ve always had a bit of an
interest in,” Dylan said.
“I’ve done some very basic work to the Bee-
tle, but it was in pretty good condition when I
“I remember when I first saw a VW Beetle
when I was a kid, it was just an instant fascina-
tion. I’ve loved them ever since.”
The 2017 Kustom Nats were visiting the is-
land for the 17th year in a row.
Hundreds of customised vehicles took over
After Friday’s beach party in San Remo, driv-
ers then were treated to the Rockabilly Festival
held at the Grand Prix track from 8am on Sat-
urday, before partying on the streets of Cowes
late into the night.
Drivers then took to the track again on Sun-
day, January 8 for a non-stop cruise of the fa-
mous moto track, serenaded by the tunes of
Owen Geoghegan of Anchor Parade heard his microwave blow up in the night and later
found damage to his DVD player but, after reading the AusNet claims form he’s concerned
about the chances of getting replacements. mpower
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