1 July 2020
More space, better facilities, same friendly faces.
The local team of electricity distributor Powercor has moved into a new depot which provides a more modern and improved work hub for their support and service to homes and businesses in the region.
The $10 million development at Redesdale Road replaces the former depot which was built in 1979.
The depot includes better office facilities, storage areas for equipment and fleet, and can support the future expansion of the workforce as part of Powercor’s commitment to deliver safe, reliable and affordable electricity to customers.
A heritage listed tree was also sensitively incorporated into the design of the new depot, now taking pride of place behind the main office building.
Powercor used local building supplies and tradespeople, including carpenters, plumbers, electricians, flooring contractors, and painters wherever possible as part of the development.
Kyneton field leader Gary Scanlon said the new depot was an enormous upgrade to the previous facility.
“It’s like chalk and cheese,” Gary said.
“The old depot was very small and built more than 40 years ago, but this new depot is amazing.”
“It’s set on a six acre block and all of our trucks can now be locked away securely undercover.”
“The guys love the place and we had well and truly outgrown our old site.”
Gary said the new depot allowed local crews to better serve communities in the Macedon Ranges and surrounds.
“Our local depots like Kyneton allow us to manage and respond to faults quickly and effectively and this upgrade provides more room and a better planned space to accommodate our crews.”
“This local investment means we are well placed to serve the people of Kyneton and surrounds well into the future,” he said.
The Kyneton depot is an important hub for Powercor operations throughout the Macedon Ranges region, with local crews responding daily to the needs of customers in a range of communities including Malmsbury, Woodend and Lancefield.
In 2019 alone, Powercor crews from Kyneton responding to more than 900 callouts in the local area, including for weather events, vegetation impacts and vehicle collisions.
Crews and employees at the depot support customers in Kyneton, Woodend, Trentham, Redesdale, Spring Hill, Malmsbury, Gisborne, Riddells Creek, Romsey, Lancefield and Pyalong.
In the Macedon Ranges Council area alone, employees at the depot operate and maintain 16,554 poles, 2137 kilometres of powerlines and 3892 distribution transformers that deliver power to about 22,000 Powercor customers.