A Myrniong farming family has delivered a blunt message to the people behind a planned 190km high-voltage transmission line:
‘P*ss off Ausnet’
The scarified message turned up yesterday (Wednesday) on a Long Point Rd property – and the message is partly visible from the Western Freeway.
Emma Muir from the Moorabool and Central Highlands Power Alliance said husband Peter mapped out the letters using Google Earth and used a 20ha cropping paddock as a canvas.
“My husband is really angry about these powerlines coming through our beautiful area,” she said,
“He’s not into social media or the internet and he feels completely disconnected from the consultation process.
“He feels like he can’t have his say – but this message is actually something he can do.”
She said several planes and helicopters appeared to have gone out of their way in the last 24 hours to look at the scarified paddock.
This afternoon student pilots from TVSA at Bacchus Marsh Airport were also checking it out.
The Alliance has been calling for the powerline to go underground, like the Murraylink project which connected the Victorian grid to South Australia.
** Meanwhile, Planning Minister Richard Wynne is expected to decide soon on any Environmental Effects Statement needed for the Sydnenham-to-Bulgana project.
Any EES would open avenues for locals to have a greater say over the route and design of the 500kV powerline.
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