AusNet publishes guide for landholders
Published on 20 March 2023
From Derek Madden, CEO:
Moorabool Shire Council is aware that AusNet Services (AusNet) has today released a guide for landholders set to accommodate a Western Renewables Link (WRL) easement should the project receive its approvals. The guide details the option for easement process for impacted landholders moving forward and how compensation will be assessed.
It is our understanding from the guide that compensation will be given based on any market value loss of the entire property affected, not just the easement area. This is a small win for landholders, and something that Council has been advocating for affected property owners to receive since the beginning of the project.
Council was not invited to provide input into the guide and first received a copy last evening ahead of its release today. We are reviewing the compensation offer in discussion with stakeholders and will seek technical advice if needed to consider its adequacy, particularly for properties where there are added impacts to business operations.
We would like to again encourage decision makers to explore depreciation assessments for properties neighbouring those accommodating an easement, which are also being impacted but are not set to receive any form of compensation.
To read Council’s advocacy efforts for WRL to date visit: moorabool.vic.gov.au/transmissionlines