Community feedback is vital in light of the recent release of Transgrid’s Draft Corridor Report for the NSW section of the VNI West transmission lines project according to Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Senator Perin Davey.
“The release of this Draft Corridor Report highlights the pressing need for a thorough assessment of this major infrastructure project,” Senator Davey said.
“The proposal directly affects local communities and the environment, especially around Wanganella and Moulamein and we need to ensure local concerns are heard and addressed.
“The Nationals have consistently advocated for a Senate inquiry into transmission line projects, however, efforts to establish this inquiry have been consistently voted down by Labor and the Greens.
“The refusal to allow a Senate inquiry into this matter raises serious questions about transparency and what the Government doesn’t want uncovered in this process.
“I welcome the Minns State Government announcing a review into transmission lines with a view to undergrounding but I am concerned the VNI West project is moving forward unabated.”
Transgrid has organised Landholder Information Sessions on the 17th and 18th of July at the Moulamein Recreation Complex and the Deniliquin RSL Club respectively following community drop-in sessions earlier this month.
“It’s important our communities participate in this process because at the end of the day, it’s your land, your environment, and your voices that need to be heard,” Senator Davey said.
“This isn’t just about renewables, it’s about homes, livelihoods, and our rights as farmers.
“I encourage everyone to get involved in these sessions and to provide feedback directly to Transgrid.”
For more information about the project and the proposed transmission line corridor visit www.transgrid.com.au/vniw.