The South Eastern Times : February 16th 2017
NEWS 9 Foodland power plan J.L. ‘FRED’ SMITH email@example.com A MILLICENT supermarket has leased a generator to guarantee its power supply in the case of further black-outs. The diesel-powered plant was recently installed at Foster’s Foodland and will ensure the Kentish Place store can continue to trade when the mains power goes off. The generator will supply power to the electronic tills, lights, computers and air-conditioning as well as the fridges and freezers which store meats, smallgoods, dairy foods, fruit and vegetables. The unreliability in supply in mains power over recent months has prompted the Foster family to investigate back-up options. Last Thursday, power was cut to 90,000 homes and businesses across South Australia including Millicent and district as part of a deliberate load-shedding initiative ordered by the Australian Energy Market Operator. There are other times when mains power is cut such as storm damage and on high bushfire risk days. Foster’s Foodland spokesman David Foster said a reliable power supply was crucial to operate the supermarket during periods of mains power outages. He said a remarkable and generous act had saved thousands of dollars of products from spoiling during a storm-related black-out in September. He said power was off across the state for seven hours but the supermarket’s perishable products could be safely stored in a large refrigerated truck throughout this time. “Many of our perishable goods are brought to Adelaide on a Wednesday night by Hanns Polar Transport,” he said. “They were able to park their refrigerated truck in Millicent overnight and keep the refrigeration unit operating to temporarily store the goods from our supermarket. “We are good customers of Hanns Polar Transport and they made no charge for this. “Without their help, we would have had to throw away a lot of spoiled products.” The leased generator was previously used by Lonergan and Muhovics electrical contractors when the firm undertook demolition work at the local Kimberly Clark Australia plants a few years ago. Mr Foster said Lonergan and Muhovics had installed the solar panels on the Foster’s Foodland supermarket and undertook the general electrical tasks at the premises. “Until now, if the mains power went off, we could start a small generator and that would only supply enough power for the tills and the lights but not the fridges and freezers,” he said. “With the larger leased generator, all our power needs will be supplied.” IN BRIEF Speed reductions in place SPEED limit reductions remain in place on the section of the Princes Highway at Clay Wells which was damaged following a fatal head-on crash on Friday afternoon. A 49-year-old Nuriootpa man died at the scene after a collision involving his car and a truck. Both vehicles caught alight and the road surface was damaged. The Princes Highway was closed to traffic for 17 hours to allow emergency services personnel to clear and repair the road. A reseal of the damaged portion had yet to be done when The South Eastern Times drove along the Princes Highway at 10pm on Tuesday. The usual speed limit on this section of road is 110kph. Robe geology highlighted THE geology of Robe will be discussed by guest speaker Paul Moorefield at the next Robe Probus Club meeting on February 21. The mixed group gathers each month at the Robe Bowling Club. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au IT’S AN INVITATION THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE australia.gov.au/breastscreen 13 20 50 Call The South Eastern Times, Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 9 POWER IS THE PRIORITY: Foster’s Foodland spokesman Dave Foster said a leased generator will sustain the business in the event of outages in mains power. Picture: J.L. “FRED” SMITH ADVERTISEMENT THE INVITATION FOR FREE BREAST SCREENING NOW COVERS WOMEN UP T0 74 The invitation for free breast screening has been expanded to include women aged 70-74. Early detection saves lives. If you’re aged 50-74 you should be screened every two years. If you’re over 75, talk to your GP or health professional to fi nd out if breast screening is right for you. For more information visit the website.
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