Transgrid decides on route for line
THE townships of Tabulam and Drake may soon be overshadowed by a 330 kilovolt power line connecting the Lismore substation with the Dumaresq substation west of Tenterfield.
TransGrid last week announced a preferred corridor for its proposed power line.
“After an extended period of consultation and feedback from the community, aerial surveys, detailed constraint analyses, focus groups and environmental studies, TransGrid has selected the northern corridor as the 'preferred corridor',” said TransGrid's manager of projects, Don Paton.
The 60m-wide corridor will run roughly along the route of the Bruxner Highway, skirting to the south of Casino, before connecting with the Lismore substation near the boundary of the Lismore local government area.
Mr Paton said the corridor provided the best option in regards to topography, proximity to residences, vegetation, land use, visual impact, ecological and heritage constraints.
TransGrid is expected to be in contact with landowners in the preferred corridor area over the coming days to discuss the route selection process and associated environmental assessment.
Mr Paton said TransGrid has written to land- owners within the study areas by mail and would be making further contact to ensure they had access to information regarding the preferred corridor.
TransGrid plans to publicly exhibit the environmental assessment, which is expected in early 2010.
Mr Paton said the preferred corridor had been selected on the basis that it avoided dense clusters of landholdings, minimised the number of affected properties, reduced visual impacts, had reasonable access from existing sealed roads, and avoided endangered ecological communities, threatened species and habitats
“We have considered issues which are important to landowners and have selected the corridor which minimises broader community impacts.
“We have now refined the study areas to a 500m-wide corridor for the majority of the proposed transmission line,” he said.
The report is available at www.transgrid. com.au