Response from Department of Environment and Conservation

Enquiries: John Watson
Phone: 98424500
Fax: 98417105
Email: John.Watson@dec.wa.gov.au

Plantagenet Line Upgrade Group
310 Healy Road
NARRIKUP WA 6326

Dear Michelle, Keith and Bill.

RE: KOJONUP TO ALBANY POWER LINE UPGRADE

Thank you for your letter of 6th August 2007 regarding your concerns about the potential Kojonup to Albany power line upgrade. I apologise for the long delay in replying. I thought I had replied to you already but have now realised that this is not the case.

The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) is not directly involved in the formal planning for the potential power line and declined to join either of the consultative groups or workshops. We have however attended one of the early briefings and so are aware in general terms of the proposals.

If and when DEC is involved we will be looking closely at potential impacts upon any land vested in the Conservation Commission of Western Australia (eg National Parks, Nature Reserves, State Forest etc). In the case of national parks, for example the Porongurup and Stirling Range National Parks, we will also be assessing potential visual impact, in particular as viewed from high parts in the parks. At a broader level will also be considering any potential impacts upon native vegetation and threatened species or habitat, issues which you have also mentioned. Since receipt of your letter I have become aware of a number of landholders who share similar concerns.

We are not, however, in a position to champion alternative alignments or the potential power sources you mention. Nevertheless, I appreciate the background information you have provided and wish you well in working towards a more acceptable outcome if the line does become a reality.



Yours sincerely,
John Watson
Regional Manager
South Coast Region
17 September 2007