Western Renewables Link project update

We would like to provide an update on recent changes to the Western Renewables Link project.

The Western Renewables Link is now proposed as a 500kV transmission line from Sydenham to Bulgana.

This means:

  • The capacity of the 220kV section of the transmission line between Ballarat and Bulgana has increased to 500kV.
  • The new terminal station north of Ballarat is no longer required.
  • A new 500kV switchyard and associated equipment near the existing Bulgana Terminal Station is now required.
  • The urgent Sydenham Terminal Station Rebuild will be completed separately and prior to the Western Renewables Link project.

As a result of these changes, the proposed route for the Western Renewables Link will move in the area to the north of Waubra. We are working with landholders in this area on this change.

In addition, at Hepburn Lagoon two options, to the north and to the south of the lagoon, were identified in November 2021 and the southern option has now been confirmed as the proposed route going forward.

You can read the updated Project Overview fact sheet here.

We will continue to engage with all landholders on the proposed route about tower and access track siting on their properties and will provide each landholder with an Option for Easement proposal, including a compensation valuation, for consideration.

Upcoming community information sessions

We are running community information sessions in October and November to answer questions about the project and these changes. You can find more information on the project website’s News & Events page.

Environment Effects Statement

The Environment Effects Statement is expected to be finalised and available for public viewing in 2024. Written submissions about the project’s Environment Effects Statement can be made by the community during this period. Further information about how to make a submission on the Western Renewables Link Environment Effects Statement is available on the Planning Panels website: https://www.planningpanels.vic... 

About the project

The Western Renewables Link is a proposed electricity transmission line that will carry renewable energy from western Victoria to homes and businesses 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.

Project updates

To register for regular updates about the project, please visit www.westernrenewableslink.com.au.

If you have any questions, please call 1300 360 795 or email info@westernrenewableslink.com.au.