A COMMUNICATIONS contractor has spoken out over vital emergency infrastructure being threatened by poor roads.
The contractor claims the single dirt road that allows access to the antenna, mobile phone and satellite dish array at the summit of Mt Dundas is rapidly deteriorating.
Emergency services, police and freight trucks also use the antenna to assist with the radio communications.
In the event of power outage, a diesel generator provides electricity for the site, which is fuelled by 5000-10,000 litre tanker trucks.
The Mt Dundas area falls under the control of Parks Victoria, whose previous position on the condition of the road has been to restrict heavy trucks from driving on it.
The contractor, who requested he not be named as he does not have permission to speak to the media, said he found Parks Victoria’s decision hard to comprehend.
“If you ban trucks from using that road, the Mt Dundas generators could run out of fuel during a major power blackout,” he said.
Read more in the Spectator edition March 26.