Dozens of Moorabool landowners are scratching their heads, seeking further detail on plans to construct a line of electrical pylons the height of MCG light towers.
A community-organised ‘drop-in’ session is planned for Saturday June 20 from 10am-2pm at the Myrniong Recreation Reserve.
Locals in Coimadai, Darley, Myrniong, Greendale, Ballan, Bolwarrah and areas near Creswick have been sent letters and contacted by consultants about the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project, which would send wind-generated electricity from Bulgana (near Ararat) to Melbourne’s west.
The 190km AusNet line is expected to affect a total of 60 to 100 separate landowners – and the section between Melbourne and Ballarat is designed for 500kV.
According to AusNet the existing powerline network in Western Victoria cannot cope with increased power generation from the region’s windfarms.
The line and hundreds of 80-85m pylons will take 18-months to build and the final alignment will be decided in April 2022 – but local landowners allege there is no evidence any other routes have been considered.
They have also raised concerns about the potential felling of trees and the health impacts of high-voltage lines on people and animals.
People attending Saturday’s community drop-in are asked to adhere to social distancing.
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