Petition and Public Hearing

Petition No 64 - Regarding Proposed Transmission Lines Adjacent to Narrikup

This petition was promoted by John Hanson and tabled by Hon Robyn McSweeney MLC in the Legislative Council on 28 August 2007.

The petition read:

To the President and Members of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Western Australia in Paliament assembled.

The proposed Western Power transmission line adjacent to Narrikup will critically affect many properties. If the proposed routes were moved further to the West, a route could be made through, or adjacent to undeveloped land.

We the undersigned resedents of Western Australia are strongly opposed the current proposed routes.

Your petitioners therefore respectfully request the Legislative Council to recommend the proposed transmission line routes be altered so that their impact upon affected landowners is minimal.

And your petitioners as in duty bound, will ever pray.

and was supported by at least 180 signatures.

The petition was referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs (the Committee) under Committee's terms of reference.

A letter was sent to John Hanson requesting followup submissions from him and the tabling member. The followup submission then led to a Public Hearing.

Public Hearing:

A list of questions was compiled for the public hearing on 26th September 2007.

QUESTIONS FOR WESTERN POWER

  1. Have Western Power included the cost of upgrading the 40yo wooden poled transmission line running East of the Albany Highway in their calculations for the 2011 power upgrade for Albany, as it may no longer meet current standards for transmission lines? The upgrade is supposed to supply power needs for the next 20 years.

  2. We understand that Western Power have engaged new consultants to review the corridor selection process. Is this an admission that the original process was flawed?

  3. Does Grange Resources financial involvement influence the decision to upgrade an existing line versus a completely new line?

  4. What is Western Power's policy regarding transmission lines and their associated cleared corridors through Tree Plantations, Vineyards, Conservation Covenants on private property and on Crown Land?

  5. Has compensation for affected landholders been factored into the budget for the proposed transmission lines, and on what is the compensation based? The proposed corridors go through small landholdings with very high value farming.

  6. Has Western Power commissioned any Environmental Impact Assessments on the proposed corridors as these include numerous examples of Declared Rare Flora, Protected Flora and locations of Aboriginal Heritage Sights. The area West of Narrikup in particular is littered with such locations compared to other routes as can be seen on the map provided by Western Power.

QUESTIONS FOR GRANGE RESOURCES

  1. Would the original proposed transmission line North of the Stirlings Ranges be the most suitable one to meet Grange's Power needs?

  2. Have Grange done a comparison of the cost of power from the Western Power grid versus self-generated power after likely tariff increases occur from 2009?

  3. Will the mine be at full capacity when it starts, or will production levels be phased in over a period of time?

QUESTIONS FOR THE ERA

  1. In considering the proposed line North of the Stirlings, has the possibility of an improved power supply to Gnowangerup, Ravensthorpe, Jerramungup, Bremer Bay and Hopetoun been included, with all its benefits to future growth in the region.

  2. Is it the intention to take power back through the grid as it is generated from renewable resources on the South Coast in the future?