AusNet to conduct Cultural Values Assessments ground and aerial surveys

AusNet Services, in conjunction with Elders and representatives from Traditional Owners, will be conducting surveys for intangible Aboriginal cultural heritage values in the project area during the week commencing 2 May 2022.

This work is designed to assist the local Traditional Owners and Elders in identifying and protecting their cultural heritage in accordance with Victorian legislation.

The surveys will allow the project team to capture information about the Aboriginal cultural heritage values that will form an important part of the rigorous Environment Effects Statement (EES) currently underway. These values are related to stories, song lines and history of the Traditional Owners of the area. The work will complement the existing cultural heritage surveys currently being conducted on private property along the proposed route.

As part of these investigations, roadside surveys will be underway between Monday 2 to Friday 6 May (weather permitting), near the proposed route in western Victoria. On Friday 6 May, weather permitting, you may also notice an aerial inspection (via helicopter), by our indigenous specialists, in the area undertaking surveys. We want to reassure landholders and local communities that the pilots are flying in strict accordance with Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations. The pilots will be flying in the vicinity of the Waubra and Ballan sections of the proposed route and will make every effort to minimise disturbance to livestock and farming operations.

We aim to provide email and/or sms notifications to the landholders whose properties will be aerially surveyed and who have registered their details with us. If you have land in these areas and want to register your phone number and/or email address, or if you feel there are any issues that may impact your business due to the aerial flight, please contact [email protected] or call 1300 360 795.

About the project

The Western Victoria Transmission Network Project is a proposed new 190km high-voltage electricity transmission line that will carry renewable energy from Bulgana in western Victoria to Sydenham in Melbourne’s north-west.

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 Victorians.

Once complete, the additional transmission line capacity will carry enough energy to power more than 500,000 homes.

Updates about the project

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

If you have any questions, please reach out to the project team by phoning us on 1300 360 795 or by emailing us at [email protected]