Locals are getting rare chance tomorrow (Wednesday) to ask questions of MPs, AEMO, Ausnet and Energy Safe regarding a proposal to string high voltage transmission lines across the region.
The 6pm question-and-answer Zoom meeting – which has been months in the making – has been organized by Western Victorian Liberal MLC Bev McArthur and will also include other stakeholders in the project.
“For a project which would clearly have such extraordinary impact, it appears that the consultation has been inadequate,” she said.
“I’ve repeatedly been told by residents and landowners that they do not feel they’ve been heard.”
People wanting to take part will need to send an email to Beverley.McArthur@parliament.vic.gov.au and a Zoom link will be sent in reply.
Any questions people would like to ask in advance can also be sent to Mrs McArthur’s email address. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions on the night.
It comes as the Moorabool and Central Highlands Power Alliance fight a proposed 190km 500kV powerline from Sydenham to Bulgana which developers Ausnet Services and Mondo say will include pylons up to 80m high.
The project would also involve the creation of a new substation north of Ballarat – possibly in the Clarkes Hill area, where the line would be able to intersect with a Ballarat-Bendigo transmission line.
Ms McArthur said it was essential that everyone affected had the chance to know the full implications of the proposed transmission lines.
“I want to ensure there is an independent and open forum where questions can be asked and answered in full,” she said.
“As a local MP I will always seek the best solution for my constituents, and given the restrictions we face on operating at the current time, I feel this meeting is the best solution available.”
Also taking part in the Zoom 90-minute session will be Senator Sarah Henderson, Shadow State Energy Minister Ryan Smith as well as Assistant Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Agriculture Richard Riordan.
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