The Australian Wind Alliance has defended a 190km power pole project, that would see 80-85m pylons erected across Melton, Moorabool, Hepburn and beyond.
“We shouldn’t lose sight of the clear need to supply Victorian energy users with wind and solar from Western Victoria,” Victorian WA representative Tony Goodfellow said.
“We need to be ready for when the state’s ageing and polluting coal plants close.
“Years of extensive research and design by Australian Energy Market Operator have gone into demonstrating the need for this project – but it’s been several decades since a transmission line of this magnitude was built and the nature of regional communities and their expectations have changed dramatically in that time.”
The 2014 Buninyong Greens candidate said an open and community-focussed process was needed, to give locals as much of a say as possible in the route choice.
“The proponent also needs to identify those communities with a stake in the outcome and work cooperatively with them to design appropriate benefit sharing programs that see the project contribute to the lives of those communities,” the Buninyong-based sociologist said.
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Main image: Landholders who attended a session at Myrniong on Saturday were asked to place a pin on their property if they had received a letter from Ausnet about pylons.