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Benefits for all Victorians including lower electricity prices, improved energy security and increased economic activity.

Our commitment to western Victoria

The project provides a range of benefits for all Victorians including putting downward pressure on power bills, improved energy security and increased economic activity. In western Victoria, we consulted with the local community to determine a range of benefit sharing programs which address key social, economic and environmental needs in the region. Planned programs include a community fund, training and skills development programs and building energy resilience by providing in-kind contributions to community energy projects.

Local jobs, local goods and services

There will be employment opportunities created for local communities with an estimated 300 jobs during construction and where practicable, we will use local goods and services, including accommodation, cafes and restaurants.

Local business register

We are committed to supporting local communities and businesses.

We welcome businesses and sole traders to register expressions of interest via our Local Business Register Form.

We are seeking a range of products and services including materials and equipment supply, services for general trades, construction, administration, catering and accommodation, however this list is not exhaustive and all registrations will be considered.

Please refer to the Suppliers page on AusNet’s website for more information.

Register your interest

Job opportunities

The project will bring many direct opportunities for employment to western Victoria both during the construction phase and ongoing operations.

Flow-on employment benefits will be generated as the project brings demand for local and regional business services and goods. These include:

  • Electricians.
  • Transport operators.
  • Concrete suppliers.
  • Civil works.
  • Accommodation and hospitality.

Building the WRL is estimated to generate around 650 full time construction jobs, with more expected at the height of construction. A further 1,100 jobs are forecast to be created as a result of building the transmission line.

Future work packages

Our delivery partners, contractors, and their subcontractors will directly employ workers. Information on work packages will become available once the Environment Effects Statement process and planning decision is finalised. We are partnering with Industry Capability Network Victoria to ensure we engage with suppliers.

Indigenous engagement

We recognise the role of each Registered Aboriginal Party in the management, protection, and promotion of cultural heritage on Country, cultural awareness and land access. We are also talking with each Registered Aboriginal Party to understand the benefits and project outcomes that would be meaningful to each Registered Aboriginal Party and their communities.

Where possible AusNet Services will engage services through the  Registered Aboriginal Parties of the project’s footprint before going more broadly to other Indigenous businesses and service providers.

We will continue to work in partnership with First Peoples - State Relations Victoria and the recognised Registered Aboriginal Parties of the Barengi Gadjin, Eastern Maar, Djarra (Dja Dja Wurrung) Wadawurrung and Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Traditional Owners Corporations, to deliver the project.

Our vision is for the transmission lines and associated infrastructure, once constructed and operational, to be on Country that is in good condition and actively managed to protect the values, and promote the laws, culture and rights of each of the Traditional Owner groups. Through the project, AusNet Services is committed to cultural awareness training for its staff and delivery partners.

Community energy

We are working with local community groups from the project area who want to introduce renewables or innovative energy initiatives such as solar, batteries, microgrids, Virtual Power Plants and electric vehicle infrastructure to build energy resilience, and put downward pressure on power bills, locally.

We can use our technical experience and industry knowledge to assist through in-kind support.

To date we have:

  • Helped a local group create a feasibility study so they could apply for ARENA's Regional microgrid grant.
  • Devised renewable energy strategies.
  • Provided insight and education on various renewable energy solutions.

If you are a community in the project area and are thinking about a Community Energy Project and would like to find out if you’re eligible for in-kind support, contact the project team on 1300 360 795 or info@westernrenewableslink.com.au.