Push for Underground Powerlines Returns

9 Jun 2010 11:01 AMJann Stuckey

9th June 2010

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, today tabled a petition in the Queensland Parliament from 560 concerned residents urging powerlines to be put underground between Currumbin and Tugun.

“After the success of the S.T.O.P. (Stop The Overhead Powerlines) campaign to have powerlines underground through Palm Beach, residents in Currumbin and Tugun expressed concerns that they will still receive 110kV poles near their homes,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The petition, signed predominantly by Currumbin residents, calls for the proposed corridor between Currumbin and Tugun to go underground.

“Many residents believe the benefits of underground powerlines justify the extra cost involved, especially with homes and a primary school adjacent to the proposed route.

Principal petitioner and long-time Mitchell Avenue resident, Beryl Bailey says residents are seeking a cost comparison from Energex for the proposed 1km of overhead powerlines near Mitchell Avenue.

“We want to know the difference in cost for one kilometre going overhead instead of underground, considering the value of residents’ properties and health are at risk here, not to mention the destruction of natural bushland,” Ms Bailey said.

Ms Stuckey is no stranger to the divisive powerlines issue, having fought alongside an enormous community campaign two years ago that secured underground powerlines through the whole of Palm Beach.

“It is going to be a long, hard battle, but if the community gets behind this 100 percent, as they did with the S.T.O.P campaign, they have a better chance of getting a positive outcome,” Ms Stuckey added.

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