AUSGRID LOOKS FOR BUSHFIRE DAMAGED POWERLINES

There will be a number of low flying helicopters in the sky in the Hunter over the coming weeks.

Ausgrid has started aerial surveys over Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Lower Hunter.

Helicopters crews will inspect power lines for bushfire damage and other potential hazards in time for the next bushfire season.

High-resolution photography and laser scanning equipment will identify maintenance schedules for field crews.