The release of the Staverton to Hampshire Hills route is a culmination of detailed analysis and investigations that have been informed by feedback from landowners, the local community and key stakeholders.
Engagement undertaken so far:
In late 2019 and early 2020, TasNetworks consulted on a proposed route for the Staverton to Hampshire Hills section of the North West Transmission Developments. The proposed route was identified using detailed desktop studies undertaken by a team of experts in the fields of land use planning, power system engineering, economics, environment and cultural heritage.
As part of the engagement process TasNetworks met with landowners, in addition to holding community pop-up sessions, conducting an online survey, and running face-to-face community workshops held in Ulverstone, Gunns Plains, Burnie and Sheffield, where 85 people attended community workshops and 90 completed an online survey.
Through the initial engagement process, TasNetworks sought feedback from landowners and the community about what they value about the area and whether they thought the route selection process had taken into account what mattered to them.
TasNetworks has also been engaging with relevant local councils, State and Commonwealth government agencies and other industry, business and broader stakeholders, and been available for media coverage of the project.
We are listening:
The wide range of feedback received from our initial engagement process on the Staverton to Hampshire Hills transmission route has been considered.
We have considered your feedback, and the feedback of others, and this has informed our selection of the preferred route.
Following the initial engagement process, TasNetworks received requests for changes to the proposed route from directly affected landowners, neighbours and community groups. We then met with these interested parties to better understand their concerns and suggestions for realignment.
TasNetworks undertook further detailed investigations into variations to the proposed route, which aimed to address landowner and community concerns and suggestions. As part of the investigation process, we undertook eagle nest surveys in late April and early May 2020.
Variations to the proposed route have now been assessed. These variations have informed the preferred route, which seeks to address a number of key issues, impacts and concerns raised.
How are we engaging with landowners and the community?
As part of the landscape and visual impact assessment process, TasNetworks will be seeking further community feedback to better understand the important views and amenity values that may be impacted by the project.
Landowners, neighbours and community members will also have several opportunities to comment during the environmental, land use planning and cultural heritage approvals process. These will include formal opportunities required by the approvals processes and informal opportunities through planned engagement activities. As part of this, there will be opportunity to make written submissions. TasNetworks will provide more information about these opportunities once the environmental and planning approvals process is confirmed.