NEED FOR SCRUTINY: Lockyer Valley Regional Councillor Dave Neuendorf and Shadow Minister for Energy and Utilities, Steve Dickson met with Lockrose residents last week to discuss Powerlink’s Springdale to Blackwall transmission line.
NEED FOR SCRUTINY: Lockyer Valley Regional Councillor Dave Neuendorf and Shadow Minister for Energy and Utilities, Steve Dickson met with Lockrose residents last week to discuss Powerlink’s Springdale to Blackwall transmission line.

Major debate powers on

POWERLINK'S controversial Springdale to Blackwall transmission line continues to cause debate as concerned residents refuse to give up the fight.

Shadow Minister for Energy and Water Utilities, Steve Dickson met with members of the Lockyer and District Against Powerlines last week to discuss their concerns about the powerline.

Lockyer and District Against Powerlines Secretary Jeanne Campbell said in general residents didn't want to see the area ruined by the powerline.

"These high tension lines would bring towers with them about 60-80m tall that will run straight through the village of Lockrose," she said. "They would be ruining this beautiful area.

"Unfortunately for us, there is not much more we can do get together the people against it and fight it."

Amongst the group's concerns was the decrease in the price of real estate in the area's close to Powerlink's easement and the health effects of exposure to electromagnetic frequency.

"A house like ours, which was worth about $350,000 is now worth about $175,000," she said.

"Aside from that, they can't prove the health effects from prolonged exposure one way or the other."

Mrs Campbell said the group isn't against electricity, but would prefer Powerlink to use an alternative way of constructing the line.

"We want Powerlink to underground the line," she said.

Powerlink Chief Executive Merryn York said the final Environmental Impact Statement concluded that, provided Powerlink implements the recommendations outlined in the report and the associated Final Environment Management Plan, there were no health, environmental, social or economic factors preventing the project from proceeding.

"Powerlink recognises that there is community interest about Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF)," Ms York said.

"EMFs are found everywhere electricity or electrical equipment is being used. In other words, people are exposed to EMFs each and every day.

"The advice from recognised health authorities continues to be that there is no scientifically proven causal link between EMF and adverse affects on human health."


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