Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Battle Lines Drawn over Power Plan; Residents Irked by Plans to Put High Voltage Powerline in Their Backyards

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Battle Lines Drawn over Power Plan; Residents Irked by Plans to Put High Voltage Powerline in Their Backyards

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Byline: JEREMY SOLLARS

HUNDREDS of landowners along the route of a new high-voltage powerline from Warwick to Stanthorpe could be up for compensation as a result of forced resumptions, it has been revealed.

A plan by Ergon Energy to construct a new 110kV line with concrete poles up to 30 metres high has been released for C[pounds sterling]community consultationC[yen], with the route expected to be hammered out by August next year.

Ergon has said the line will mostly be constructed in its existing powerline easements starting in 2016, but these will need to be doubled in width, potentially affecting homes and other buildings.

But more immediate concerns are held by property owners along an eight-kilometre stretch in the Rosenthal Heights area, who are also raising fears about where the powerline will run.

A Washpool Rd resident, who yesterday spoke to the Daily News asking not to be named, said they believed the proposed line would run directly through one of their sheds and potentially their acreage home of nine years.

C[pounds sterling]We had a letter from Ergon a few weeks ago and the line shown is definitely on our side of the road, although we were told differently by staff at an information stall in Rose City Shoppingworld,C[yen] the resident said.

C[pounds sterling]It's hard to get the story straight and we're meeting with (Southern Downs MP) Lawrence Springborg on Friday, but by our reading of it our property is definitely affected.

C[pounds sterling]The word is just starting to get around the area and I think a lot of people aren't fully appreciating the scale of this thing.

C[pounds sterling]The concrete pylons will be the same as the ones they not long ago put in south of Toowoomba.C[yen]

The resident said they had been told by Ergon that new buffers and those on existing easements would be up to 60 metres wide and voiced other concerns about a downgrading of property rights.

C[pounds sterling]There are people wanting to build houses and subdivide their land in the future and this line will make it very uncertain and possibly very difficult,C[yen] they said. …

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