Barry seeks compensation


Barry seeks compensation

AFTER four weeks without a landline for his business, Jumbunna’s Barry Wakley can finally take calls.

The Wakley Sculptors owner was without internet or a business line after construction of the Lance Creek Water Connection tore through cables to his property last month.

“Telstra ended up fixing the line on February 13. We finally have everything up and running as normal again,” Mr Wakley said.

“It has been four weeks since the damage was done and a Telstra technician told me that four lengths of the line were cut out by the pipeline. It was completely severed.”

Mr Wakley said he will look for compensation and said workers for South Gippsland water failed to call ‘dial before you dig’ to ensure the area did not contain cables prior to the construction.

“I am currently in talks with my solicitor and we are trying to calculate how much I can seek to claim,” he said.

“Over 100 calls to my business were diverted to our mobiles here and many of the cemeteries I work for were unable to get through to us.”

Work on the pipeline at Jumbunna commenced last October and will run 20 kilometres to connect Lance Creek Reservoir with the Korumburra Water Treatment Plant, a second section of the pipe wil connect Korumburra to the Poowong Water Treatment Plant.

“It is such a big project, I cannot believe they did not think to do the ‘dial before you dig’,” Mr Wakley said.

“They knocked out lines all the way to Kongwak, however the other connected properties were not businesses like

Finally reconnected: Jumbunna’s Barry Wakley was without internet or a landline for four weeks after construction of the Lance Creek Water Connection disrupted his service.

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