Bistro operator gives AusNet a serve

A LOCH Sport business owner is frustrated, claiming frequent interruptions to electricity in the area is affecting businesses.

Owner of the LakeView Bar and Bistro, Tanja Arsenijevic, said she and other local business owners in the small tourist town were fed up with the interruptions, which had been explained to her as “maintenance”, and she wanted to do something about it.

“Their frequent power outages, during the most inappropriate days and times, are costing businesses money,” she said. Ms Arsenijevic said weekends were an important time for local businesses to earn their money, with visitors flocking to the hamlet for seaside weekends.

“The last two [outages] they had were all day on a Sunday,” she said.

“Sunday lunch is one of our busiest trades, and two power outages [were] in the middle of dinner service on a Wednesday, which is our busy locals night. We are constantly losing revenue and they [AusNet Services] will do absolutely nothing.”

A spokesperson for AusNet Services said it had been undertaking important bush fire mitigation and safety works in the area, to deliver a safe and reliable network.

“We have been working with the Loch Sport community to ensure we schedule planned works with the least amount of disruption,” the spokesperson said.

“While we give as much notice as possible to customers so they can prepare, we understand that being without power is difficult. We would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding while we carry out this important work.”

The Gippsland Times understands AusNet has reached out to Ms Arsenijevic to better understand her predicament.

With heavy vegetation and one road in and out of Loch Sport, fire authorities have assessed Loch Sport as having an extreme bushfire risk.