Friday, February 21, 2014

Coally Smoke!

Finally back on line.

The move to Drouin is complete – sort of – and in the process a new broadband plan was required. Aussie Broadband have been terrific, Telstra not so. It took a week for some ‘technician’ to unwrap a bare wire from one terminal and then wrap it around mine! Anyway this will hopefully be the first of some blog entries that will become a little more regular again.

Shortly after the move, a fire which commenced in the Driffield region got into the Morwell brown coal open cut mine and has now been burning for 2 weeks and is likely to continue for quite some time.

This first pic was taken from Yallourn North and shows the Hazelwood Power Station in the background.

These next two shots show the extent of the fire in the mine and the proximity of the power station to the right and the township to the left.

All these pics were taken a couple of days back.
Back to Aussie Broadband for a moment - some days back I needed to pick up my new ADSL modem from their office when I was passing through Morwell, (still doing some trips up to Heyfield and back every few days).  Aussie Broadband is located in an ex SEC building inside the old SEC compound – probably 200metres from the open cut! I jokingly asked if the floor was getting hot. I think they’d heard that question frequently enough over the last 14 or so days.


PS: Thanks to all who wished us well for the move - appreciated.


  1. Blogs are useful in more ways than one! I'm overseas on holidays and hadn't heard about the fire at Morwell. You're not the only one to be having issues after moving from another Blog I look at, so good luck with them.

  2. I join those who wish you well for the move.

    WRT to Telstra, if it took a week you are in front of the game. I think they have got their entire focus on NBN matters so 'ordinary' customers can go jump!