As road workers open up access to the most remote and damaged areas and home repairs are made in the wake of Hurricane Irene, Central Vermont Public Service is asking customers who can now take service to contact the company. ‘As we said, we have restored power to all customers that we could access and that could safely take electrical service, but as state inspectors and licensed electricians sign off on re-energizing additional homes and businesses, or as they become accessible, we are asking customers to call CVPS at 1-800-649-2877 so we can reconnect service,’ spokeswoman Christine Rivers said. Any electrical apparatus, such as electrical panels and breakers, must be replaced if they were submerged in flooding. An electrician cannot approve such equipment for reconnect by simply inspecting it, it must be replaced. CVPS is waiving all fees for temporary service connections required due to the storm. The fee is normally $80. Some customers in the most remote areas remain inaccessible due to road washouts, but road crews are improving access for utility vehicles daily. Due to repairs made in areas where road access is still challenging, CVPS also reminds customers that there may be some delay in outage restoration going forward in those areas, until road access is permanently improved. CVPS officials continue to urge the public to take precautions around utility work. For our safety as well as your own, slow down when you see utility workers on the roads, and please consider the following: The safety of CVPS workers on the road depends on your patience and care.Follow directions given by traffic control flaggers. They are paid to keep everyone safe.Respect traffic cones and other barrier devices. They are the only thing between your vehicle and CVPS workers and equipment.Drive slowly through utility-controlled traffic areas, even if there appears to be enough space to drive at state-posted speeds.Give 100 percent of your attention to the road. Do not be distracted by cell phones, music, eating or drinking beverages while driving through a utility work area.
First homebuyers Shruti and Karan Mahajan are among those to purchase their dream home at Gainsborough GreensTHE GOLD Coast’s northern corridor is proving popular with owner-occupiers who have accounted for more than 83 per cent of sales in one of the region’s largest new communities.First-home buyers, families upgrading to a new property and empty-nesters are dominating sales at the Gainsborough Greens masterplanned project which has sold more than 440 blocks, worth $110 million, in the past year.Mirvac Queensland residential general manager Warwick Bible said the high demand from owner-occupiers for the Pimpama project was driving the fast-paced sales.The most recent land release sold out in weeks, prompting the fast-tracked recent launch of the next stage, which has blocks priced from $246,000.“The strong demand is testament to the desirability of the location, which offers significant value, picturesque surrounds and convenient access to the motorway, making both the Gold Coast and Brisbane city centres an easy commute,” Mr Bible said. Gainsborough Greens has been the centre of activity with 235 new homes completed in the past 12 months.First-home buyers, Shruti and Karan Mahajan, purchased a home at Gainsborough Greens after renting in Southport. “A major drawcard for my husband and I was definitely the potential for future growth in Gainsborough Greens – it’s ideal for young families with kindergartens, schools and the golf course all nearby,” Mrs Mahajan said.“We didn’t want to move too far from the city centre as I work in Varsity Lakes and Karan works in Surfers Paradise, so the accessibility to the motorway makes travelling to and from work a hassle-free experience.” Mrs Mahajan said the couple took advantage of the boosted First Home Owners’ Grant to secure their home in the community.“The boosted grant came just at the right time for us and really enabled us to pick up exactly what we were looking for,” she said. Gainsborough Greens has been in strong demand from buyers.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“The area is being serviced by an ever-increasing array of infrastructure and amenities, including state-of-the-art schools, shops and parkland, which is appealing to those wanting to build a new home with a range of services at the doorstep.“The feedback from our buyers is that Gainsborough Greens stands apart because of its village atmosphere. Our homesites are nestled alongside the Gainsborough Greens Golf Club, natural bushland and parks, with 65 per cent of the community dedicated to green open space.“Our latest land release is no different – located next to a parcel of land earmarked for a major 15ha sports field and 5ha recreation park – so we’re expecting it to be popular, particularly with families.”Gainsborough Greens has been a centre of activity during the past 12 months, with 235 homes finishing construction; 36ha of wetland, open space and conservation area rehabilitated and, more than half a million new plants added.“When people visit Gainsborough Greens, they can now see for themselves the sense of community that has been created here and the type of neighbourhood they will be calling home, and that is really appealing to those looking to own and occupy,” Mr Bible said.