The Moorabool Shire contains a number of environmental and natural assets both of National, State and local significance. This includes the Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve, Brisbane Ranges National Park, Lerderderg State Park, Werribee Gorge State Park, and the Wombat State Forest all of which are key assets within the Shire and attract an estimated visitation of approximately 550,000 people per year across all sites.
The community is concerned of the amenity impacts the transmission lines will have on these natural landscapes and the negative impact that will have on the State and Regionally significant landscapes and views that were identified in the South West Landscape Assessment Study (Planisphere, 2012).
The South West Landscape Assessment Study Describes the Lerderderg as…
This landscape is iconic as a wild and rugged place within the context of the broader regional landscape, in close proximity to Melbourne.
The distinctive rock formations and contrast in vegetation patterns of the gorge is iconic and scarce within the local context.
The composition of views and landscape elements within the Park are iconic in the context of the immediate location. Panoramic views of the broader landscape from Mount Blackwood are exceptional.
The WVTNP has high potential for negative impact on natural amenity and views which would directly conflict with the tourism brand and reasons for visit which are based on scenic values and nature-based assets. The tourism is a sector of local specialisation and investment potential at the state and local levels. 442,000 visitors per annum generate $141 million in output p.a. and supports 891 jobs.