Moorabool Shire Council has reiterated its position that an underground option be considered by AusNet Services for the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project, following AusNet’s release of the project corridors.
After reviewing the documents released today by AusNet, Council’s CEO Derek Madden said Council would advocate for an accurate, interactive map so landowners could determine if they lived within or near the corridor.
“There is understandably a lot of angst in our community about this project, especially from landowners closest to the proposed route, and we will continue to advocate for these people and continue to push for an underground option to be considered,” Mr Madden said.
Council recently commissioned an independent report that confirmed that the process undertaken by AEMO to select a project option only took into account the direct electricity market benefit and did not take into account any local or non-market impacts, such as impacts to people’s properties or livelihoods.
“This is not acceptable. The impact to people must be taken into account when determining the best outcome,” Mr Madden said.