Media release: 23 April 2012
Greens NSW MP John Kaye has thrown his party's support behind the massive community campaign to stop Transgrid's $126 million Stroud to Lansdowne transmission line project.
Last Friday afternoon Dr Kaye met with Peter Epov, the chairperson of the Manning Alliance at NSW Parliament House in Sydney, to discuss the Transgrid proposal.
Mr Epov conveyed clearly the community's strong opposition to the current set of options outlined in the report.
Dr Kaye said: "The Manning Alliance is to be congratulated on the excellent job they are doing representing the voices of a community that has been deliberately kept in the dark by Transgrid, and badly let down by both its local council and state MP.
"The public consultation process has been a disaster from the beginning. Residents have not been given sufficient time to make an informed submission to a proposal that will have enormous ramifications.
"If this project goes ahead, the community will lose visual amenity, prime agricultural land and land values will plummet. The region's tourism industry will be hit hard.
"Transgrid has been unable to properly and accurately justify why this expensive and environmentally destructive infrastructure is even necessary.
"Investing in energy efficiency, demand management and local electricity generation such as rooftop solar would be cheaper, create employment and do far less damage to the environment.
"The last community meeting about the power line attracted over 500 people.
"Local member Stephen Bromhead now has a big problem in his own backyard. To date, he has failed in his obligations to represent his constituents.
"I will be raising this important matter in parliament when it resumes again on 1 May. The Greens will be calling on Transgrid to listen to the overwhelming opposition to all of its power line options," Dr Kaye said.
For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455