Ergon Energy customers in Millmerran will experience power interruptions tomorrow.
Ergon Energy customers in Millmerran will experience power interruptions tomorrow.

Talks held over powerline plan

A SOLUTION to the dispute between Ergon Energy and the United Land Owner's Group may be closer after discussions were held between the group and Ergon on Wednesday night.

While a solution to the dispute between Ergon Energy and the group, which represents residents along the proposed route 5 powerline, remains unclear, both sides said discussions were positive.

A spokesman for the ULOG said the group was upbeat after the talks.

"We have had positive discussions with both Ergon Energy and the local member Lawrence Springborg in the past week," the spokesman said.

"We are currently in dialogue with both and will continue to keep communicating with both of them.

"We welcome the talks with Ergon Energy and we are looking forward to working out a solution with them."

Ergon Energy spokesman Rod Rehbein said the company was committed to finding the best solution possible.

"Ergon had a further constructive and positive meeting with representatives of ULOG in Toowoomba on Wednesday," Mr Rehbein said.

"Ergon reiterated its commitment to work with ULOG and other groups to review the criteria used by the Community Reference Group as part of its process."

The dispute has centred around what ULOG says was an unfair process to pick the line route.

ULOG has previously said in the past they did not receive the same opportunity to voice their input into the situation as the other four proposed routes and has previously described the CRG process as "flawed".

Mr Rehbein said Ergon was hoping to finalise the exact location of route 5 so they could compare all of them fairly.

"The priority to make this possible is for Ergon to determine the best option for a line route within the 2km-wide corridor 5, which was the recommendation from the CRG," he said. "Line route 5 will be determined and refined from the constraints that have been identified though the constraints assessment of the corridor.

"It is only by developing a specific line route that a true comparison can be made with other line routes that have been identified previously as alternatives for providing long-term security of power supply for the Stanthorpe region.

"The analysis to ensure the best solution for the line route will be determined by a review of the CRG's criteria with representatives of ULOG and other community groups."



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