Darley Power Fight

The 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.

Darley Power Fight is uniting these communities against high voltage transmission towers in our backyard.

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Corridors for further investigation within the Area of Interest

An Area of Interest (AoI) was identified in early 2020 based on a range of technical investigations on the land between Bulgana and Sydenham. Following consideration of community consultation and feedback, along with early investigations, AusNet Services has now narrowed down the AoI to corridors. These corridors will be considered, along with the output of further community consultation, to identify to a single corridor and refine a final route.

We encourage you to view the map and use the interactive tool to add your comments and photos to the map. Its important we tell AusNet the cumulative impacts on our region.

You can also contact the project team directly on 03 9021 0674 or email info@westvictnp.com.au

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AoI Network Map
The Corridors and Next Steps

AUSNET’s Next Steps

According to AUSNET, the identified corridors and other project alternatives will be subject to further consideration of specific environmental effects including biodiversity and habitat, cultural heritage, landscape and visual, land use, socioeconomic, community amenity, health and safety, roads and transport, catchment values and hydrology. Through the Community Consultation Groups and information sessions, the community will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the corridors and alternative options as per the specific environmental effects listed above.

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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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