Update – 7 August 2020
Council is pleased with the announcement yesterday by the Minister for Planning Richard Wynne that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) will be required for the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project.
The EES will provide the opportunity for Council and the community to have input into this critical project. Hepburn Shire Council have been advocating for a detailed environmental effects statement to be carried out and believe this is an important step in the project. The 200-kilometres of new transmission lines across western Victoria is a critical infrastructure project to facilitate access to more renewable energy for the state
The Western Victorian Transmission Upgrade project (WestVic) proposes a new Transmission line running from Sydenham to Bulgana. A 500,000 volts (500kV) line will run west from Sydenham and potentially enter Hepburn Shire somewhere near Dean. It will connect into a new Terminal Station, which will be used to step the voltage down from 500kV to 220kV. The 220kV line will then continue westward, potentially around Creswick and Clunes.
Richard Wynne re Western Victoria Transmission Project (This letter has been sent to all 5 Ministers)
More information here – https://www.westvictnp.com.au/