Group think on power

CONFUSION about the Ergon powerline from Warwick to Stanthorpe has been plaguing the community, and Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg has called for the development of a public reference group to help settle the dust.

He said he thought this was the best way to hear the voices of the community and address the issues.

"Everyone knows there is a need to have the line to Stanthorpe, but we need to address as many concerns as possible," he said.

"With this group we can go back through some of the issues and begin to build confidence."

He said the biggest challenge would be finding a reference group appropriate for the initiative.

Graeme Benz did not doubt the benefit of a reference group, and would like to attend, but said alternatives could best serve the issue.

"I'm more for the idea that everybody should be involved and I think everybody's ears should hear what they have to say," Mr Benz said.

"Maybe it (public reference group) would work, but they're trying to get us to find alternatives all the time and I don't think that's our job - it's theirs (Ergon's)."

Tony Moore would like to be part of group meetings.

"You may not have much of a chance if you go, but you've got no chance if you don't go," Mr Moore said.

An Ergon Energy spokesman said the company supported the formation of a public reference group.

A group will be selected in the coming weeks.


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