Protestors Force Energex Into Action Over Powerlines

4 Jun 2008 2:33 PMJann Stuckey

4 June 2008

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey met with angry local residents protesting outside State Parliament yesterday after tabling a petition of almost 4,000 signatures calling on the Bligh Government to intervene in plans to construct high voltage powerlines through their suburbs.

“This petition sent a strong message to the Government which resulted in a delegation of protestors from STOP (Stop The Overhead Powerlines), meeting with Departmental and Energex chief staff minutes after the petition was tabled, “said Ms Stuckey.

“On behalf of residents I asked for a community task force to be set up between affected parties, Government and Energex representatives, and I am pleased to hear a community reference group is to be established.

“In addition I requested estimated costings of putting the powerlines underground through this area.

Ms Stuckey was asked by residents to take delivery of 129 letters for the Minister for Mines and Energy and 418 for the Premier calling for powerlines connecting to Tugun along this proposed route to be placed underground.

“Ratepayers from Mudgeeraba to Tugun have expressed their rage over the decision to place 110kV powerlines above ground through residential areas,” said Ms Stuckey

“My staff have fielded calls and visits from countless infuriated residents from my own electorate and also from Burleigh and Mudgeeraba.  People are outraged at this proposal, silence from their local state members, and a perceived lack of consultation from the State Government via Energex.

“While I commend the government departments for rail, transport and energy for working together to determine the best way to supply much needed services, I am concerned about the speed in which this project is progressing. 

“Secrecy from the Minister as to whether this project falls under the term ‘prescribed,’ which would allow it to proceed regardless of community concern, is not building any goodwill or confidence with people who want answers.