Telstra communications pit an ‘absolute disgrace’ claims Hillarys resident

Telstra communications pit an ‘absolute disgrace’ claims Hillarys resident

A HILLARYS resident has raised concerns about the condition of a Telstra telecommunications pit.

Alan Ashe said Telstra technicians regularly worked on the pit next to his driveway and was “disgusted” at its state.

“They’re there once a month, sometimes more,” he said.

“The pit is so decayed the cover will not go back and the pit is full of sand.”

Following a technician’s visit on June 24, he discovered the wires had been wrapped in a plastic shopping bag.

“It’s an absolute disgrace,” he said.

Several days after being contacted by the Times, Telstra area general manager Boyd Brown confirmed remediation work to repair the pit had been completed.

“Repairs on the cable had taken longer than expected and different technicians had been involved in the process to rejoin the cable,” he said.

Mr Ashe said the worker removed sand and debris and the wires were placed within a canister, doing a “meticulous job”.

However, the pit cover was not secure, prompting Telstra to commit to replacing the pit entirely by the end of this week, following approval from the City of Joondalup.

A spokesman said the use of a plastic bag to protect the cables was not standard practice and would be investigated.

Mr Ashe said he intended to connect to the NBN once it rolled out into the suburb in the first half of 2017 but still had reservations about the state of the copper network.

“You’re not going to be able to connect modern technology to it,” he said.

“It’s going to affect everyone in our street and wherever the lines go to.”

Telstra would not comment on whether the existing network was suitable to carry the NBN in the area and said the delivery was a matter for the NBN Co.