The Moorabool Central Highlands Power Alliance represents communities that support real action on client change.
Our communities are regional and farming communities – we see, feel and experience the negative effects of climate change every day.
We see climate change in weather patterns that make farming more difficult, in rain that falls less predictably, and in bushfire seasons that start earlier, end later and deliver more devastating fires.
Our communities support renewable energy and understand the importance of an energy grid that delivers renewable energy to where it is needed.
Real action on climate change and the delivery of renewable energy should not come at the cost of food security, cause catastrophic damage to the environment nor put lives at risk from an increased bushfire risk.
Real action on climate change should not be an either or – where the livelihoods of those in regional and rural communities are sacrificed and unnecessary environmental damage is undertaken for outdated and high-risk transmission.
The proposed transmission corridor will cause irreversible environmental damage to established bio links, endangered flora and fauna and include the removal of 155,000 mature native trees.
There is a better way to deliver the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project – one that delivers the same benefits, the same action on climate change, without destroying our environment and communities.
There are other less impactful options that can deliver a similar outcome.
These changes will not cost one job. They may cost more to deliver, but what price are AusNet and the State and Federal Governments willing to put on our communities?