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Tuesday, 5 March, 2013

Kinglake-Kilmore East bushfire trial update

Electricity company SP Ausnet’s own manual on bushfire mitigation highlighted the extreme danger of leaving electricity wires live after a fault, the class action trial into the 2009 Kinglake-Kilmore East Black Saturday bushfire has heard.

In an internal SP Ausnet document called The 2005 Bushfire Mitigation Manual: Fault energy management on days of total fire ban, the company accused of negligence causing the Black Saturday fire notes the high danger of leaving damaged lines live by not turning off the auto reclose function.

Robert Richter QC for the plaintiffs read from the SP Ausnet safety manual which states – “If a fire were to occur from a permanent fault with auto reclose left in service, defence of the situation would be difficult”.

Mr Richter said that was indeed a prescient observation, adding throughout his opening on Monday that the court would hear further evidence showing that reclosing the line (to allow electricity to continue to be passed through it) increases the danger of ignition, should there be a fault.

Today both the utility company responsible for checking the lines UAM, and electricity provider SP Ausnet will outline their cases to the court.