February 19, 2015


Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio today visited Kirralee Aged Care in Ballarat to open its newly installed back-up power generator, ensuring power is always on for its 100 residents, who are critically reliant on power.

The installation of the generator is one of 11 in the Ballarat region, delivered as part of the $40 million Powerline Bushfire Safety Program, which is making powerlines safer and reducing the chance of fires starting in high risk bushfire areas.

The program includes making powerline safety settings more sensitive during Total Fire Ban and Code Red days in high-risk areas, to reduce the risk of a bushfire starting.

The generators automatically start within seconds of a power failure, ensuring electricity supply for vulnerable Victorians is not disrupted.

So far 79 facilities have back-up diesel generators installed through the program, protecting 4300 vulnerable Victorians. A further 36 facilities are scheduled to have generators installed by June 2015.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio

“Kirralee Aged Care Facility is one of 11 residential care centres in Ballarat to have received funding to install generators.”

“The generators will ensure critical life support equipment, air-conditioning and facility security remains operable during power disruptions, including extreme weather, and the new safety measures will reduce bushfire risk.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard

“The back-up generator at Kirralee Aged Care Facility will ensure the power is always on for the care facilities’ 100 residents.”