Ergon to answer powerline fears

CONCERN and confusion over a proposed powerline from west Warwick to Stanthorpe has prompted local member Lawrence Springborg to organise a public forum with Ergon Energy.

While there appears to be no truth to rumours the powerline will eventually be used to provide energy to a NSW mine, Mr Springborg did urge people to come to the meeting to learn more about the project.

"I've invited Ergon to come and speak to the community and answer questions," Mr Springborg said.

"I want to give the opportunity for as many people as possible to attend."

The energy giant plans to construct the line on 30-metre high concrete pylons which will run alongside the existing 110KV Stanthorpe line, to provide a more reliable supply with capacity for the future.

Landholders have expressed environmental concerns as well as potential health or property valuation worries.

Ergon started its public consultation last year and has made clear the present route is just a proposal at this stage. Construction isn't expected to begin until 2016.

The suggested line will only run to the Stanthorpe zone substation, relatively close to the town centre and, according to Ergon, is not being built to link with any other projects, major customers or cross-border locations.

"Ergon Energy representatives will be attending a public meeting about the project organised by Mr Springborg later this month," an Ergon Energy spokesman said.

"We are looking forward to answering any inquiries about the project at this forum and putting to rest rumours or any false information that may be floating around."

The public forum will be on January 31 at Warwick Town Hall from 6.30pm and will be chaired by Mr Springborg.

Further information and a map have been posted on the Ergon Energy website, ergon.com.au/warwick-stanthorpe-project.


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