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contact us

abn. 78 010 589 661
rpeq. 1546 (Robin Russell)
204/6 Babarra St
Stafford QLD 4053
p. (07) 3872-5555
f. (07) 3872-5566
e. rr@robrus.com.au

Electricity

Contestability

Energex will only allow "contestable" works to be designed and constructed privately. They define "contestable" works as:

  • subdivisions,
  • lot reconfigurations,
  • most community titles developments,
  • most retirement villages and caravan parks,
  • street lighting projects.

Other works, even if funded entirely by a customer, are classed as "non-contestable" and Energex insists on doing the design and construction themselves. The customer is charged Energex's full cost - up to 30 percent more than it could be done for privately.

Examples of this sort of work include:

  • extending electricity supply to serve existing lots or new street lights,
  • undergrounding existing overhead wires,
  • relocation of poles or cables for road widening, etc.

This policy dates back to a historical agreement between SEQEB and the union not to allow contractors to take up work which had traditionally been done by day labour. However the labour situation today is very different from what it was in 1990. Now the need for skilled contract labour is well accepted all around. So it is to be hoped that Energex will review its present restrictive policy - sooner rather than later.