An easement is a right held by one person to access, occupy and/or use part of the land owned by another person, for a particular purpose. The easement terms outline what the easement holder and the landholder can and can’t do in the easement area.
Transmission line easements are needed to protect public safety and provide access to infrastructure to help maintain a reliable transmission network. Transmission line easement terms ensure that only activities which are compatible and safe can occur within the easement area. In regard to network reliability, the easement allows AusNet Services to efficiently access its infrastructure to maintain it and ensure it is operating as it should, including in emergencies.
The Landholder Guide: Land access, easements and compensation contains information about land access, easements and compensation for landholders affected by the project. It also has new information about vegetation heights. This is in line with the AusNet Services Vegetation Management Plan, approved by Energy Safe Victoria.
The guide replaces vegetation height information previously published in the Living and working with the Western Renewables Link high voltage transmission line summary guidelines in June 2021.
Compensation will be paid to landholders where an easement is acquired over their property. All other parties holding an interest in the land on which the easement is located, who suffer loss due to the establishment of the easement or construction activity, will also be considered as part of the compensation process.
The Landholder Guide: Option for Easement process and compensation provides comprehensive information including the process for easement acquisition through a voluntary Option for Easement proposal, the payments landholder will be entitled to, and how compensation is assessed.