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TasNetworks Needs to Go Back to the Drawing Board

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Tags: TasNetworks, Planning

Cassy O'Connor MP | TasNetworks Needs to Go Back to the Drawing Board

TasNetworks has again failed to address community and environmental concerns with its revised proposed NW transmission line route.
Increasing Tasmania’s renewable energy capacity is vital to our economic future, but infrastructure being built for decades must address all the costs.
TasNetworks has options for an alternative route. They’ve chosen not to explore less damaging options. 
The GBE is paying lip service to ongoing local unrest about the transmission line route.
It appears to be placing its narrow commercial considerations above the costs to local communities and the natural environment.
Even in its revised form, the line has significant impacts on local communities, landscapes and forests. 
As a state in the grip of a pandemic, we need to rethink the way we do business here so community and conservation are prioritised.
We can have clean energy along with happy communities and a healthy environment. Our future depends on it and TasNetworks should go back to the drawing board and assess the alternatives it has to hand.