Community's voices heard

THE Powerlink Springdale to Blackwall transmission line debate is heating up with Lockrose residents determined to be heard.

Lockrose Against Powerlines Chairman, Steve Evans, said the committee was open to sensible negotiations at a public meeting with Powerlink this month.

The committee asked for the power line to be put underground but were told it was too expensive.

“They can't say that having this line so close to our houses and yards is not dangerous,” Mr Evans said.

“They are using Queensland as an experimental state.”

He said Powerlink had refused to meet with the entire community.

“It is their policy to meet with individuals one at a time,” he said.

“It is just bully tactics.

“They think the community is vulnerable and they think we are just going to roll over and we will not.”

Mr Evans said Powerlink had contradicted themselves several times since the process began.

“They have told us all something different about the tower going in across the round,” he said.

“We all have different co-ordinates for where the tower is going to go from what they have told us, so how do you explain that?”

Mr Evans said the transmission line wouldn't benefit anyone who lived in the area.

“It's not going into the grid for anyone here,” he said.

“These little pockets in the country are so rare and we need to protect them.”

Powerlink Springdale to Blackall Project Manager, Andrew Owen, said undergrounding high voltage powerlines was expensive.

“In this instance it is likely to be more than 10 times the cost of comparable overhead lines,” he said.

The draft Environmental Impact Statement is available for public comment until September 23.


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