Staverton to Hampshire Hills preferred route

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In November 2019, TasNetworks commenced public engagement to introduce Marinus Link and the North West Transmission Developments to our customers and the community. This engagement was conducted online and with face-to-face community workshops where 85 people attended community workshops and 90 completed an online survey.

The community workshops were held in November and December 2019 in Ulverstone, Gunns Plains, Burnie and Sheffield. These workshops focussed specifically on the proposed route between Staverton and Hampshire Hills. We sought feedback from participants about what they value about the area and whether they thought the route selection process had taken into account what mattered to them.

After considering landowner, neighbour and community feedback, TasNetworks has released a revised route for the Staverton to Hampshire Hills section of the North West Transmission Developments. This is referred to as the ‘preferred’ route.

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In November 2019, TasNetworks commenced public engagement to introduce Marinus Link and the North West Transmission Developments to our customers and the community. This engagement was conducted online and with face-to-face community workshops where 85 people attended community workshops and 90 completed an online survey.

The community workshops were held in November and December 2019 in Ulverstone, Gunns Plains, Burnie and Sheffield. These workshops focussed specifically on the proposed route between Staverton and Hampshire Hills. We sought feedback from participants about what they value about the area and whether they thought the route selection process had taken into account what mattered to them.

After considering landowner, neighbour and community feedback, TasNetworks has released a revised route for the Staverton to Hampshire Hills section of the North West Transmission Developments. This is referred to as the ‘preferred’ route.

Please note, facts sheets and map cannot be downloaded in Internet Explorer.


  • Preferred Staverton to Hampshire Hills route

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    After considering landowner, neighbour and community feedback, TasNetworks has released a revised route for the Staverton to Hampshire Hills section of the North West Transmission Developments. This is referred to as the ‘preferred’ route.

    For more information on the route selection process, see:

    Over the coming weeks, we would like to meet with you to present the preferred route and details of our route selection process, including how we incorporated feedback in our investigations, and to outline the next stage of the process, including the visual impact assessment ans field survey work.

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  • Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment Feedback

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    We’re asking for your thoughts on viewpoints as part of the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment. Your contribution is important so we understand your perspective.

    Complete this feedback here.

  • Previous engagement

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    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.


  • Frequently Asked Questions

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    What engagement have you undertaken on the Staverton to Hampshire Hills route 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 Tasmania 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.

    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. A report summarising engagement from October-December 2019 is available here [hyperlink to report]

    How have you listened to and factored in landowner and community feedback?

    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 considered landowner and community concerns and suggestions; noting some suggestions were not aligned with other suggestions. As part of the investigation process, TasNetworks undertook eagle nest surveys in late April and early May.

    Variations to the proposed route have now been assessed. These variations have informed the preferred route.

    The wide range of feedback received from our initial engagement process on the Staverton to Hampshire Hills transmission route has been considered. As a result, changes have been made to the proposed route. The result is that more of the route – and 97 per cent in total – now traverses commercial forestry land.

    How does the Staverton to Hampshire Hills route relate to developments planned by UPC Renewables?

    The first transmission line TasNetworks is progressing for approvals and construction lies is a new line between the Staverton and Hampshire areas.

    The Robbins Island and Jim’s Plain Renewable Energy Park is currently being planned by a private energy developer called UPC Renewables. The UPC Renewables connection has prompted TasNetworks to bring forward part of the proposed network upgrades planned for North West Tasmania, with acceleration at the developer’s cost. TasNetworks’ goal is to work with UPC Renewables and other generation developers to achieve a coordinated and optimised transmission network that efficiently unlocks the renewable energy zone in the region.

    The proposed transmission line between Staverton and Hampshire Hills is to be built, owned and operated by TasNetworks. Under this arrangement, UPC Renewables will pay for the right to use the line.

  • Contact us

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    You can contact us with any question about the proposed developments to the North West Tasmania transmission network via our project email and phone line. If you would like to find out more, you can also visit the TasNetworks website, email us on team@marinuslink.com.au , or call us on 1300 127 777.