Open Letter To: Victoria’s Energy Minister, Lily D’Ambrosio
On behalf of the people of Victoria, we urge you to send the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project (WVTNP) back to the drawing board.
We call on you to envision a renewable energy future that is founded on innovative, reliable and scalable technology, because we do not want to see our energy future disabled with outdated and dangerous technology like the WVTNP.
The proposed WVTNP will desecrate local tourism, wildlife habitats, our world class food bowl, local agriculture, culture and heritage and our regional businesses and communities.
Energy Minister, Lily D’Ambrosio
This is a grossly inadequate project, lacking any social licence. It was given the green light despite a biased cost benefit analysis that favoured quick political wins and corporate profit over an extraordinarily high environmental and economic cost.
Underground energy transmission is best practice around the world and Australian scientific studies support this.
Underground energy transmission is more reliable, safe and efficient and will not be impacted by extreme weather, or increase the risk of catastrophic bushfire.
In the end, taxpayers always foot the bill for failed Government projects that favour politics over people, and this project is inevitably going to cost us more than it is worth.
Just last year, AusNet passed on a $24 million dollar repair bill to Victorian energy consumers, to repair a transmission line in Cressy that crashed to the ground as a result of extreme weather conditions.
We want renewable energy solutions that benefit all Victorians, not foreign owned corporations like AusNet, who were responsible for the Black Saturday bushfires and continue to mismanage projects like the WVTNP.
We are extremely proud to live in a region that is supplying the renewable energy to power Victoria, but will not support a project that claims to “deliver on unlocking renewable energy across Victoria”, when it clearly cancels out any environmental, economic, or renewable energy benefit.
The National Electricity (Victoria) Act, gives you the power to override the project contract and send it back to the drawing board.
As Energy Minister, we urge you to ensure our renewable energy future is safe, reliable and sustainable, because all Victorians for generations to come, will be relying on the renewable energy systems you build today.
Stop AusNet’s Towers, Moorabool and Central Highlands Power Alliance, Moorabool Environment Group, Bacchus Marsh Platypus Alliance, Pentland Hills Landcare Group, Wattle Flat Landcare Group, Kingston & District Power Alliance, South Moorabool Action Group, Clarkes Hill and District Power Alliance, Friends of Hopetoun Park & Parwan Gorge, Plumpton Community Alliance, Comaidai Community Group, Darley Power Fight, Melton Stop AusNet’s Towers, Rowsley Community Group, WVTNP Waubra to Bulgana Powerline Action, Beckworth to Blowhard and Districts Power Alliance