Subsequently, the Victorian Government contributed $750 million to the Powerline Bushfire Safety Program to those areas in highest risk. Significant coordinated planning by (CFA, DELWP, FFMVic, infrastructure owners and other agencies) is now ongoing with activities underway to minimise the risk of bushfires from electrical infrastructure. With this knowledge in mind, it would be psychologically distressing to see such high-risk infrastructure forever in view, as a constant reminder of the fire risks, now significantly increased.
So far, AusNet and the AEMO have pushed the benefits of an overhead High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) solution, while they have dismissed other options like High Voltage Direct Current and undergrounding on the basis of technical feasibility, cost, and by saying that undergrounding is worse than overhead for the environment.
These generalisations are wrong, and they are misleading.