Greens battle for North Coast

THE North Coast is the perfect place to start a 'green energy revolution', according to NSW Greens MLC John Kaye.

That is why he yesterday slammed a proposal by TransGrid to build a new 330 kilovolt transmission line from the Lismore substation to the Dumaresq substation, west of Tenterfield.

Mr Kaye made a special trip to the region to attend a public meeting in Tenterfield last night.

He said TransGrid's new powerline was a 'very important' issue.

“I wanted to come here and talk to people about this, so I can go to Parliament next week and raise the issue with the relevant ministers,” he said.

“We do not need this line. This is backwards planning ... it is a jobs catastrophe and an environmental catastrophe.”

Mr Kaye said the region should be focusing on installing more solar hot water systems, rooftop solar panels and other sustainable options.

“But TransGrid will lock us into a coal-powered future,” he said.

“We should be looking at more energy-efficient homes and local generation of power, such as solar and gas.

“The new powerline will cut jobs on the Northern Rivers, whereas energy efficiency and local generation will be better for the economy and better for the environment.”

TransGrid released its preferred route for the new transmission line earlier this month.

Manager of projects, Don Paton, said the 60m wide corridor was the best option in regards to topography, proximity to residences, vegetation, land use, visual impact, and ecological and heritage constraints.



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