AusNet to conduct flyover in western section of proposed Western Renewables Link route

UPDATE 11 May: Due to recent poor weather and low visibility, the planned light aircraft flyovers for aerial mapping have not yet taken place. This work is now planned from May 12, subject to suitable weather conditions. To sign up for SMS updates, email

14 April 2023: AusNet Services will be conducting light detection and ranging (known as LiDAR) and aerial mapping surveys via light aircraft between 21 April and 5 May. This work will be limited to the section of the proposed route between Bulgana and Smeaton.

This is a continuation of mapping work that began in August 2022 and will allow AusNet to capture up-to-date imagery and mapping to assist the Western Renewables Link (WRL) project team with ongoing discussions with landholders.

The data will also help us as we continue to analyse geographic and topographic factors that need to be considered for the project’s Environment Effects Statement.

The data collection will take place within a corridor two kilometres wide; one kilometre either side of the proposed WRL route. Only a few hours of flight time will be required within the specified dates; the fortnight window enables flexibility if flights are delayed due to inclement weather.

The aircraft will fly no lower than 880 metres above ground level at any point. Given the significant flying altitude the plane shouldn’t cause any disturbance on the ground and is likely to go relatively unnoticed.

AusNet will send email and SMS notifications to affected landholders who have provided their contact details. This will include a confirmation SMS on the day of the flights.

If you have land along the proposed route and want to register your contact details, please contact us via 1300 360 795 or

About the project

The Western Renewables Link is a proposed electricity transmission line that will carry renewable energy from western Victoria to homes across the state and into the National Electricity Market.

The project is critical infrastructure required to unlock the renewable energy potential of western Victoria as a key Renewable Energy Zone and will help to deliver clean and affordable energy to all Victorians.

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