Locals are gathering tonight in Darley to find out about the visual impact of high voltage powerlines on the suburb – and what it could mean for wildlife, bushfire risk, enjoyment of the view and property values.

Campaigners from the Stop Ausnet Towers team said there was an “alarming” lack of understanding in Bacchus Marsh about the impact of the power pylons – which will stand up to 80m – or as high as an MCG light tower – depending on the terrain.

The group has come up with images of how the landscape could look with the 500kV lines strung across Darley.

They’ll be presented at the Bacchus Marsh Golf Club in Links Rd from 7.30pm (Monday).

Digitally enhanced image. Photo: Darren

The Western Victoria Transmission Network Project has mapped an ‘area of interest’ which is due to be narrowed down early this year.

The Moorabool and Central Highlands Power Alliance believes that due to the geography – and the ban on placing powerlines over State forests and national parks – the only possible routes for the lines are through the edge of Darley or Rowsley/Glenmore.

The group wants the WVTNP to go back to the drawing board – after a line stretching 190km from Sydenham to Bulgana has been proposed to connect the region’s growing windfarms to the grid.

The alliance is also calling for any high voltage lines to be placed underground – like the Murraylink Project linking Victoria and South Australia.

However undergrounding may be hampered by the presence of hard volcanic basalt under much of the Moorabool Shire.

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