Aus Net Consultation4

We currently work alongside many businesses, farmers and communities across the state.

Community and stakeholder engagement is vital to the success of this project.

Our engagement activities are designed to provide opportunities for you to have a say in the development of the project and contribute to the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process.

We use a range of communication tools to keep everyone up to date including the project website, regular eUpdates, advertisements in local papers and radio stations, webinars and community information sessions as well as phone calls and face-to-face conversations with landholders and stakeholders. We also established a Community Consultation Group.

Engagement approach

The EES Consultation Plan provides an overview of the guiding principles and objectives of the project engagement program, identifies key stakeholders and provides an overview of planned engagement activities and timeframes until the completion of the project. In addition, the plan outlines how your feedback will be used to inform the project.

We also produce Community Engagement Summary Reports that outline the engagement undertaken by the project team over set periods of time and the key issues and concerns raised with us by local communities and landholders.

Register for a webinar

We are hosting two webinars with the technical route design specialists and invite you to join us live on Tuesday 30 November at 7pm or Thursday 2 December at 7pm.

The webinar will run for approximately 1.5hrs and consist of a short presentation, followed by a Question-and-Answer session.

Registration is required and please note that WVTNP webinars are open to all interested landholders and community members, and free to attend.

The pricing is a feature of the booking system.

Register for a community information session

In early December, we will be hosting community information sessions in Waubra, Miners Rest, Darley, Kurunjang/Melton and Wendouree.

Specialists and team members will be available to talk on a range of topics including landscape and visual, biodiversity, bushfire, electric and magnetic fields, compensation and valuation and route selection.

Bookings are essential and available to fully-vaccinated people, in line with COVID-19 requirements. You will be required to show your vaccination certificate on arrival. Time slots are limited to 30-minutes each to ensure that everyone gets the chance to ask their questions. We are keeping each time slot to six people so everyone has a chance to ask questions. We ask that you respect the time allotted to you.

Please note that WVTNP community information sessions are open to all interested landholders and community members, and free to attend.

The time of your booking will be in the Order Summary section in your confirmation email.

The pricing is a feature of the booking system.

1pm – 7pm, Waubra Football Netball Club, 2091 Sunraysia Hwy, Waubra

1pm – 7pm, Miners Rest Community Hall, 2 Market St, Miners Rest

2pm – 7pm, Darley Hub Pavilion, 3340/182 Hallett’s Way, Darley

10am – 4pm, Kurunjang Community Hub, 35 Mowbray Crescent, Melton

10am – 4pm, CE Brown Reserve, Dowling St, Wendouree

Landholders

We understand that the project has raised concerns particularly for landholders in the proposed corridor.

We remain committed to working closely with you to minimise interruptions to your lifestyle, property and business or farming operations throughout the development of this project.

We recognise that the requirements of each property and landholder are unique, and that issues such as land access, easements and compensation are extremely important. 

This is why we have developed a comprehensive landholder guide that provides additional information about land access, easements and compensation for landholders affected by the proposed project. We have also developed a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that will be updated as the proposed project develops.

View Landholder Guide

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Webinars

A series of webinars were held in September 2021. Our technical specialists presented on existing conditions across the project's area of interest and answered questions. View the 1 hour webinars below.

Further webinars are planned later this year. Registration details will be advertised.

Easements & compensation

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.

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: 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 WVTNP high voltage transmission line summary guidelines in June 2021.

View Landholder Guide

Traditional Owners

AusNet Services acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which the proposed Western Victoria Transmission Network Project will operate, and pays respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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.

An important part of the technical investigations currently underway for the Environment Effects Statement is the identification of any Aboriginal cultural heritage present within the project area.

We are working closely with the Registered Aboriginal Parties across the project area to prepare Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMPs). The CHMPs outline the measures to be taken before, during and after the construction of the proposed project to manage and protect Aboriginal cultural heritage.

We encourage you to learn more about the Traditional Owners and their long and deep connection to Country by visiting the websites of the Registered Aboriginal Parties across the project area.

View Indigenous engagement

Community Consultation Group

The Community Consultation Group was established in April 2021. The group provides an opportunity for discussion between the project team, landholders, local community organisations, local government, and other members of the communities along the proposed project.

You can read the terms of reference and meeting minutes on the Resource page.

Community support services

AusNet Services acknowledges the uncertainty and concern around the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project, particularly for potentially affected landowners and communities.

We encourage anyone struggling with challenges to their own, a friend or a family member’s mental health and wellbeing, to contact one of the independent support providers listed below for free and confidential advice.

Complaints & feedback

AusNet Services views each complaint as an improvement opportunity, and we will do our best to resolve the issue to your satisfaction.

We will acknowledge receipt of your complaint within two working days. Our aim is to resolve your complaint within five working days. 

Where we cannot reach a resolution within five working days, we will keep you informed of the progress being made with handling your complaint and provide you with a revised timeframe for resolving your complaint. 

At any time, you may request to have your concerns escalated to our senior officers.

If you have a query, a compliment or a complaint, you can contact us by:

Phone
1300 360 795
Mail

PO Box 638, Ballarat VIC 3353