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Powerlink e-News Update - 11 March 2014

Posted on 26 March 2014

Source: Powerlink

An update on activities in the North West Surat Basin 

As the year progresses, a number of project milestones have been realised, including the release of the Addendum Report to the Final EIS for the proposed Wandoan South to Yuleba North transmission line.

The cooperation of landowners and stakeholders has been essential in achieving these milestones and I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank everyone we have consulted with to date. Your input helps ensure the final substation sites and transmission line alignments represent the best overall outcome on balance, taking into account a wide range of social, economic and environmental factors.

We understand the climatic conditions and challenges many landowners in the region are facing at the moment and are working to identify ways to minimise any further impacts from Powerlink's activities. For example, in this edition of the e-newsletter, we have provided more information on options to access an advance on compensation payments once the formal resumption process has been completed.

We are also in the process of developing a new Land Access Protocol. This document will provide landowners with more information and certainty about our land access practices. More information about this initiative is provided below, and we would welcome feedback on this. 

As always, I encourage you to contact our Local Relationship Managers Bob Baker and Murray Abel with any questions you may have. You can find Bob and Murray's contact details at the end of this e-newsletter.

Merryn York
Chief Executive, Powerlink Queensland

Key project milestones - the month ahead

Since the last e-newsletter, the Addendum Report to the Final EIS for the proposed Wandoan South to Yuleba North transmission line has been released. The addendum addressed the short section of alignment between the Dinoun South and Yuleba North substations. Powerlink has now begun the process to seek Ministerial designation for this section of the transmission line. 

In the next couple of months, we expect to be releasing Final EIS reports for:
  • Yuleba North to Eurombah transmission line 
  • Yuleba North to Clifford Creek and Dinoun South transmission lines. 

Once a Final EIS has been released, the processes to seek Ministerial designation and resumption will begin. As part of this, we will write directly to landowners and stakeholders affected by these processes with further information about how they can be involved. In addition, invitations to comment on proposed designations will be advertised locally in The Western Star (Roma) and Chinchilla News, and in the Courier Mail.