Rush to join power force
WITH nominations for the Warwick to Stanthorpe 110kV powerline Community Reference Group (CRG) now open there will be several passionate advocates putting their hands up for the 12 coveted positions.
One landholder who believes in fighting the powerline placement and doing just that is Sharron Barker.
As a member of the Absolute War Against Radiated Emissions (AWARE) group she was inspired by her passion for the community.
"I will try my best to give 100% to the process while still running our business," Mrs Barker said.
"At the moment they are talking about a three-month time frame for the CRG."
Mrs Barker said while she would go into the process with an open mind if chosen, she still knew what her desired outcome would be.
"Overall I would like to see a completely new route not affecting anybody and using existing crown land," she said.
"We have to think about the environment, the community, property values, people's health and the effect the powerline would have on people's lifestyles."
Ergon Energy corporate communications manager Rod Rehbein said while he understood the concerns of the community there was a need for the powerline.
"This project will ensure the Southern Downs region continue to have a safe, secure and reliable power supply," he said.
"It will primarily benefit Stanthorpe and surrounding areas by addressing existing system limitations and providing the capacity to meet future demand."
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110kV exceeds peak load limit of 15MVA.
33kV capacity is 7MVA, which is often insufficient to supply all customers in the Stanthorpe region.
110kV will allow for population growth and cater for growing MVA usage.