A community ‘drop-in’ session is on until 2pm today (Saturday) at the Myrniong Recreation Reserve, allowing locals to share what they know about a proposal to set up a 190km line of power pylons from Sydnenham to Bulgana near Ararat.

The proposed pylons would be 80-85m – or as high as the MCG light towers – making them some of the tallest in Australia.

Meanwhile Hepburn’s Mayor is also asking for more information – and has set up a working project group with the Moorabool, Melton and Ballarat councils.

“Hepburn Shire Council is extremely concerned about the proposed Western Victoria Transmission Network Project to be delivered by Ausnet/Mondo,” Mayor Licia Kokocinski said.

“Council has only been provided with very limited information.

“The proposed alignment is very unclear as well as the location of the terminal station – a 50ha footprint, north of Ballarat.

“(We also want to know) how the developer will effectively communicate and compensate impacted landowners.

“We are requesting that a public session be held to help the community better understand what is being proposed.”

Cr Kokocinski – a former State MP – said the four councils working together could try to co-ordinate the best outcome for the community and seek “genuine consultation” from the developer.

“We will also be writing to the local member and relevant Ministers,” the Hepburn Mayor said.

“We call on Ausnet/Mondo to be more open and transparent with their information and work collaboratively with the impacted councils.”

Related story and map: Ausnet releases ‘area of interest for power pylon path across Moorabool

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