FOR the second time in three days traders in busy south-west Victorian tourist towns lost thousands of dollars because of a power blackout.Timboon and Port Campbell lost power for more than three hours yesterday when a tree fell onto main power lines at Timboon.It affected busy lunch-time trade, causing two hotels and at least two restaurants to turn customers away. Several service stations were unable to pump fuel and Eftpos and cash registers were out of action. It even hit fishermen at Port Campbell who were unable to lift their boats out of the sea when the town’s heavy-duty electric crane shut down. More than 1160 customers across the district were affected with 40 still without power yesterday evening.It followed a blackout in Port Fairy Saturday afternoon which hit the busy tourist restaurant and eatery trade.One of the hardest hit yesterday was the Port Campbell Hotel which had to close its doors just before the busy lunch trade.”We had to turn people away for most of the day,” said hotel spokesman Daniel Hanegraaf. “Normally we would have had done at least 40 meals plus the bar trade. There were bikies in town who wanted a beer and heaps of other tourists. The blackout would have cost us thousands of dollars.”Waves restaurant also lost thousands of dollars, said co-operator Adam Kordupel.”We were serving breakfast when the power went out then had to close and we lost our lunchtime trade.”Service station operator Phil Younis said he would also have a substantial loss because his fuel pumps shut down.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.