Concerns high-voltage power network would be blight on ‘beautiful, unspoilt country’

concerns high voltage power network would be blight on beautiful unspoilt country

New details of a contentious plan to build a network of powerlines across a 200-kilometre stretch of western Victoria have been released.

Key points:

The Western Victoria Transmission Network Project will connect renewable energy sources near Stawell to Melbourne
The final route for the powerlines is due to be finalised midway through this year
Communities along the potential routes are concerned about the project’s effect on them

AusNet, which is building the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project to connect to renewable energy sources near Stawell with a power station at Sydenham, on Melbourne’s fringe, has released a map highlighting corridors where the powerlines may go.

The company’s executive project director Stephanie McGregor said the route between Ballarat and the windfarm only presented one option, but between Ballarat and Melbourne there were multiple routes under consideration.

AusNet released a map that highlights in yellow the areas where the high voltage powerlines may go when the route for the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project.(Supplied: AusNet)

“There’s a single corridor running from Bulgana down to Waubra station, but then from Waubra through to Sydenham we have a number of alternatives within the area of interest,” she said…

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