September 2016 Update
Energex have suggested a change to the previously indicated position of a pad mounted transformer. They state they could provide an overhead supply via a 500kVA pole transformer. We could run 11kV mains in off Edward St to a similar location to your proposed PMT site (note at least one gum tree would have to be removed). We could then run 2 x 240mm² cables from the pole transformer to a pillar adjacent to the pole to give a 630A supply. This could be at a significantly reduced cost and we will wait on their final recommendation. More news to follow. Thank You to the “Powering Ahead Sponsor Group” who share the vision and have made this project possible.
June 2016 Update
With the Successful Kalbar Show now behind us the focus will shift back onto improvements to the facilities and the power upgrade. Assessments have been received from DMA scoping engineers outlining locations for the additional camper power points, building power upgrades and the 1st stage of the arena lights. With the recent announcement by Scott Buchholz, Federal Member for Wright, to set aside $250,000 for ground improvements the stage is set for renewed energy to set the Showgrounds up as a top place to visit. Further updates will be a feature of 2016/17. Thank You to the “Powering Ahead Sponsor Group” who have made this project possible.
April 2016 Update
The preliminary scoping study report has been received and the Show Society are busy reviewing what has been presented. The scoping study engineers have presented a before and after outlined on a survey plan of the Show grounds. The show Society have just approved the payment for the Energex application so all is progressing to get a much needed and improved facility for the Community. We want to Thank the SRRC for their contribution to keeping this project moving. What happens next? The Show committee will review the drawings and respond to DMA Engineers, the Falcons are happy with the arena lighting placement. Energex will take a few months to submit a power supply offer and then we move to the next phase. Once again Thank You to the “Powering Ahead Sponsor Group” who have made this project possible
March 2016 Update
Predictably, Energex responded with a report that there was insufficient power available to meet the ever increasing demands on the Show ground facilities. Our scoping study engineer has provided some preliminary information covering a proposed site for the new onsite transformer. This and other information will be used to discuss quoting for works with electrical contractors. The next phase will be to engage with Energex by way of applying for a power upgrade. The information from our scoping study Engineer will provide the basis on which Energex will make an offer to the Show Society for consideration. Once again Thank You to the “Powering Ahead Sponsor Group” who have made this project possible.
February 10, 2016 Update
More work has been undertaken with the start of the onsite visit by DMA electrical engineers, a very thorough assessment was undertaken in the presence of Neil Goetsch, President of the Show Society. The first stage of understanding the power issues has been directed to Energex who will respond by saying there is not enough power to do what we want. The application process along with an acceptance of what Energex propose will be about a six to eight month period. That will provide enough time to work out what grants are on offer. We appreciate the support of the “Powering Ahead Group”.
January 20, 2016
We would like to thank the sponsors on this page for their contribution to the vision of making Kalbar a “First Class” precinct for the Community. These local clubs and businesses have joined a consortium to upgrade the power facilities at the Kalbar Showgrounds, the community will be the beneficiary.
It is early days, but once the scoping study is done we can move to the next step of upgrading power facilities for campers and sporting groups which will include arena lighting. We will provide regular updates here and in our newsletter on progress. Thankyou to the “Powering Ahead Group”.