The draft corridor selection report for the transmission lines for the proposed Borumba Dam pumped hydro project
will be released in April 

February 28, 2023

Powerlink plans to release the recommended transmission line routes for the proposed Borumba Dam pumped hydro project on April 27.

The draft Draft Corridor Selection Report (CSR) will show the recommended corridor for the southern line, to link to the Tarong and Halys substations, and the northern line, to link to the Woolooga substation.

A Powerlink spokesperson said the corporation wanted to thank community members for sharing their input and feedback in recent months about the corridor options.

Since November 2022, Powerlink has hosted 29 community information sessions across the South Burnett and Gympie regions.

“The feedback received will be important in helping to determine a recommended corridor that effectively manages the social, environmental and economic impacts of the proposed transmission lines,” the spokesperson said.

Priorities shared by the community included:

  • Investigating and using more State-owned land, such as State Forests,
  • Avoiding homes and populated areas,
  • Minimising overall impacts on the environment, farming operations and tourism activities,
  • Building the new line next to existing transmission lines where possible,
  • Explaining the effects of electric magnetic fields to humans and animals,
  • Complying with measures to minimise the biosecurity risks to properties and regions,
  • Considering community-wide impacts,
  • Appropriately considering the impact of transmission lines on land values, and
  • Providing fair compensation to directly affected landholders.

“Powerlink will endeavour to personally contact landholders in the recommended corridor prior to this date,” the spokesperson said.

“Landholders in other proposed corridors that are no longer under consideration at this stage will be informed via email and letters.

“We encourage landholders to confirm their contact details by contacting Powerlink on in coming weeks.

“After the release of the Draft CSR, a comprehensive engagement process will take place with landholders, the community and other stakeholders to gather detailed input on the recommended corridor and the wider report.

“The community will be able to provide their input and obtain further information via phone, email, feedback form, interactive project map or meet with our project team again at community information drop-in sessions planned throughout May.

“Following detailed review of all feedback received on the Draft CSR, a study corridor will be determined as part of the Final CSR in mid-2023.

“We will then work with landholders to identify a 70 metre easement within the study corridor, and progress with further project approvals.”

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