Moorabool Shire Council urges the Victorian Government to be world leaders in the transmission sector, set the path for future projects, and make the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project a legacy of which they can be proud.
“During the review of the Environment Effects Statement, the Victorian Government needs to demand that the underground option is fully investigated and ensure this project is done in a way that does not only benefit those in metropolitan Melbourne but also does not destroy the livelihoods of regional Victorians,” Moorabool Mayor Cr David Edwards said.
The Western Victoria Transmission Network Project was referred under the Environment Effects Act 1987 to the Minister for Planning on the 19 June 2020 for him to decide whether an Environment Effects Statement (EES) would be required.
“Normally once a referral is accepted, the Minister for Planning will make a decision within 20 business days,” Cr Edwards said.
“Today marks the 20 business days. It comes at a time that Victoria records the highest daily increase in coronavirus numbers on record and the pressure across Victoria is at an all-time high.“
“Council is calling on the Victorian Government to listen to the concerns of the Moorabool community in these unprecedented times. It is vital that the compounding impact that the transmission project, and other state significant projects, will have on communities in our Shire is acknowledged.”
The announcement that one of the State’s biggest wind farms, in the heart of Moorabool Shire, will power around 230,000 average Victorian homes each year – or as State Energy Minister Lily D’Amborsio has put it, one in 10 homes in the state - further highlights the need for this transmission infrastructure to transport green power to metropolitan Melbourne.
“Nobody has been able to provide evidence as to why the transmission lines cannot be put underground to minimise the loss of agricultural land and remove the visual impacts on our landscape for decades to come,” Cr Edwards said.