• LOCATION 15 | Escape to Coochiemudlo Island

    Electricity comes to Coochie

    Continue along the footpath.

    The fenced compound on the right-hand side is managed by the region's electrical supplier. Behind it is one of the most recent pieces of island infrastructure - a mobile phone tower.

    When electricity was first made available to the island in the 1970s there were great festivities, with a 'switching on' ceremony and many dignitaries; but at the last minute they discovered the tractor sent over to pull the electrical cable through the housing wasn't big enough, so, ironically, the switching on ceremony had to be held under gaslight.

    Today, electricity and phone cables run underwater to the island.

    Keep going.

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