Energex project report sparks interest

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Energex LogoSunshine Coast residents are being urged to have their say on electricity giant Energex’s Sunsouth Power Project following the release of the draft Initial Assessment Report today.
People have less than a month to submit their views on the project that proposes to build four new substations connected by a series of 132,000 volt powerlines from Bells Creek in the north to Mooloolaba.
Member for Caloundra and Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle encouraged all residents to have their say.
“It’s extremely important that people access this document and understand what the implications are for them,” Mr McArdle said.
“With more than 50,000 residents moving into the Caloundra South development and the construction of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in the future I understand more power has to be supplied to our region.
“However, major projects such as SunSouth have to be planned very carefully and community feedback has to be taken into full consideration.”
The IAR, conducted by Parsons Brinckerhoff, states that 19 separate issues have been raised by the community as part of ongoing community engagement, including route selection and alignment options, concern about impacts from EMF exposure and potential for impacts to property values.
People have until December 16 to have their say. The IAR can be viewed at the following locations:
  • Maroochydore Library, 44 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree
  • Kawana Library, Nanyima Street, Buddina
  • Caloundra Library, Omrah Avenue, Caloundra
  • University of the Sunshine Coast Library, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
The report can be viewed online at http://www.energex.com.au/building-and-maintaining-the-network/major-projects/sun-south under the Publications tab. The executive summary can also be viewed here.