The Victorian Government has heeded calls from affected communities and the Member for Ripon, Louise Staley, to undertake an Environmental Assessment for the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project.
On Thursday, the Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, announced that an Environment Effects Statement would be required for the project, which proposes to construct 200 kilometres of high-voltage powerlines. A large section of which will go through parts of Ripon, starting in Bulgana in the west near Stawell to the very eastern edge of the electorate near Dean and Blampied.
“I am pleased that the Planning Minister has finally acted on my call to him from 7 July to require an EES for the Western Victoria Transmission Network project. I am only sorry the communities were left in limbo for so long while he made up his mind,” Ms Staley said.
“It was clear from the beginning that this assessment was necessary. The Western Victoria Transmission Network Project proposes to construct high voltage powerlines across large areas of Ripon. The community deserves a proper and full assessment of the environmental and cultural impacts of this project.
“This is a win for these communities. I will continue to advocate for communities in Ripon throughout this process.”