Will it all be for nought?
DESPITE assurances that the Community Reference Group (CRG) will decide on the route of the proposed 110kV powerline from Warwick to Stanthorpe, concerned community members are worried their hard work might go to waste.
Concerned community member Allen Kehoe, whose Henry Evans Dr property sits along one of the four routes, said he was worried the CRG would go through the long decision-making process just to have their recommendations dismissed.
"I have been involved with the powerline matter since before Christmas and have been actively seeking information about the powerline so I can make an informed decision," Mr Kehoe said.
"I was at the process design workshop at the RSL and asked if the Ergon Energy board of directors would have the final decision, and later John Dengate said they would.
"I feel like a lot of time and effort and hours could be put into the CRG with no reward."
Facilitator John Dengate said that would not be the case and the CRG would have a say in the final powerline decision.
"Ergon Energy has said they would commit to the decision the CRG made," Mr Dengate said.
"Although the board makes the final decision they would not change the CRG recommendations if they met the required standards.
"I'm sure there will be a case of the technical and financial requirements needing clarification, and although Ergon Energy will not be in the CRG, they will be involved to make sure there is a two-way discussion and an understanding about these issues during the decision-making process.
"It would be silly to wait until the end to do so."
- Feedback on recommendations from 46 CRG process design workshop participants is due on Monday.
- CRG recruitment is scheduled to start next week.
- First CRG meeting to be held in June.
- Local member Lawrence Springborg and facilitator John Dengate to manage process.