Powerlink is wrong, says group

CONTINIUING their fight to halt overhead power lines intruding on their lifestyle, residents have disputed the accuracy of a report into Powerlink's proposed Springdale to Blackwall electricity transmission project.

Opposition to the project is being headed by the Lockrose and District Against Overhead Powerlines (LADAOP) group

At a public meeting with Powerlink representatives in Gatton on Tuesday, LADAOP president Steve Evans said Powerlink needed to correct the misinformation in its report.

In one of his arguments against the overhead power lines, Mr Evans said his group believed it was feasible to have the transmission lines placed underground.

"We're not talking about 50 kilometres or so, but the entire network," Mr Evans said. "Powerlink are AC (alternating current) experts. They are shying away from DC (direct current).

"We need to hammer the minister and tell him that Powerlink have got it wrong. They're still prepared to proceed with a submission to the minister, well aware it has inaccuracies."

Powerlink chief operating officer Simon Bartlett said with the population in south-east Queensland anticipated to soon reach more than 4 million people, demand for electricity infrastructure was increasing.

"Most of the electricity used in south-east Queensland is not generated in south-east Queensland," he said.

"A long-term plan involves resuming the easements which, in Lockrose, were identified in 1990 and set aside at that time."

Mr Bartlett said DC was not carried such a distance anywhere.



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