The Project

Western Victoria Transmission Network Project

AusNet Services has been awarded the contract to construct 190 km of new overhead high voltage transmission lines from Sydenham to Bulgana, a new terminal station to the north of Ballarat and several electricity infrastructure upgrades across western Victoria. Whilst the route of the transmission line has not yet been determined, AusNet Services has identified an Area of Interest (AoI) and has further narrowed potential corridors.

It is proposed that Moorabool Shire will house close to 60 km of 85m high 500kV transmission lines and may also house the new terminal station.

In the north, a corridor through Darley, Coimadai and Merrimu, alongside the Lerderderg State Park is being investigated.

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Impact On Our Region

Through alignment selection and design the Project seeks to avoid areas of significance (AusNet).

A potential alignment corridor passes right through the heart of residential, significance areas, wildlife habitat and public open spaces. Residents live in these regions for the priceless views, their appreciation of nature and desire to live in a rural setting. The irreversible impact on our property values, visual amenity, wildlife, environment and local community is huge.

Social and Economic

It is important to consider the local community’s concerns and the individual, social and economic impacts that this project will have on lifestyles, welfare and the local economy.

Significant Habitat

Significant Habitat for eight threatened fauna species that are considered to have a moderate to high potential to occur within or directly surrounding the AoI.

Safety Concerns

Safety, for residents, visitors and animals, over the entire life of the infrastructure, needs to be considered when evaluating the alignment options of overhead high voltage powerlines.

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The only way to make a difference is to get involved. It’s easy to sit back and wait for others to do something but when you are staring at 75-85m towers in a few years time, you will kicking yourself for not doing something when you had the chance.  This is OUR only chance to stop these towers, so get involved now.

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Welcome to the home of Darley Power Fight. A group of residents in Darley, Coimadai and Merrimu, united against high voltage transmission towers passing through our backyard. We came together through the realisation the transmission line will divide a narrow corridor between Darley and the Lerderderg State Park; altering landscape character, causing widespread damage to critical habitat for threatened species, increasing fire risk to the Park and thousands of residents, destroy our visual amenity, harm local agriculture and will impact businesses and property values. It will completely desecrate, in a few years, what nature has taken millions of years to create.

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