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Have your say on Powering Sydney’s Future

May 29, 2017 2:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Electricity supports our way of life. If you live or work in the Inner West, you’re connected to one of the most critical parts of the network.

Parts of the transmission and distribution networks which supply electricity to the Inner Sydney area were built in the 1960s and 1970s and are approaching the end of their serviceable lives. To secure the future network for Sydney, TransGrid together with Ausgrid has been investigating a number of options to deliver a solution.

As part of our Regulatory Investment Test for Transmission (RIT-T) consultation process, we are considering a range of options. These could be network, non-network, or a combination of both. A solution is required by the early 2020s and due to long lead times in delivering transmission projects we need to start the approvals process now.

A fundamental phase of Powering Sydney’s Future is underway, with TransGrid commencing environmental assessments for a network solution. This network solution will likely involve the installation of two new underground electricity cables connecting between Rookwood Road and Beaconsfield West substations. The cables would not be located on any private residential property, instead installed under the existing road network. Based on a thorough route selection process which considered over 30 options, a preferred route has been identified.

How can you have your say?

TransGrid is committed to early engagement, so as part of the preliminary environmental assessment we are seeking the community’s feedback on the preferred route.

A community engagement campaign is currently underway and you might see print advertisements in your local press publications, or across your social media channels.

We’ve also distributed newsletters to around 6,000 residents along the preferred route. If you didn’t receive one and would like to find out more visit the dedicated project consultation page: https://www.transgrid.com.au/psf

Otherwise, if you’d like to contact the team, give us a call on 1800 222 537, or drop us an email at psf@transgrid.com.au

Next steps

The current community and stakeholder engagement period will close on 2 June, 2017 and the feedback received during this period will be considered in the development of our plans. Even at the close of this engagement phase, we are committed to engaging with the community and impacted stakeholders throughout the life cycle of the project.

For more information about this project, along with the details of our engagement activities we encourage you to visit the website: www.transgrid.com.au/psf