Molonglo 132kV Transmission Line Relocation

An application for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) exemption has been lodged under section 211B of the Planning and Development Act 2007 for the relocation of 132kV transmission lines in the Molonglo Valley.

The proposal will replace the existing overhead 132kV electricity transmission line with new underground electricity transmission lines and includes associated works. The new underground cables will follow a new alignment connecting to the existing grid at the east of Kama Nature Reserve and near Tuggeranong Parkway. This new alignment minimises impact on future urban development in the Molonglo Stage 3 Future Urban Area.

This EIS exemption application has been lodged concurrently with a development application (DA-201936352). The public consultation period for the DA is concurrent to this application and will close on the same day. If you would like to comment on the DA, please visit the development applications open for public comment webpage.

Overview of EIS exemptions

Section 211 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 allows for a proponent to seek exemption from the requirement to complete an Environmental Impact Statement. The Minister has discretion under this section to grant an exemption if satisfied that previous studies have adequately identified the potential environmental impacts of the proposal.

A proponent may apply for an EIS exemption for any proposal that would trigger an EIS under Schedule 4 of the Planning and Development Act 2007.

Public consultation and how to make a submission

The public consultation period for this EIS exemption application commences Monday 20 April 2020 and closes COB Wednesday 10 June 2020.

Submissions should include the application reference number EIS-201900048 and the name and contact details of the person making the submission.

If you would like to make a submission on this proposal it should be addressed to the Chief Planning Executive and made in one of the following ways:

Public Submission Smartform

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
Customer Services
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601

Hand delivery
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate Customer Service Centre, 16 Challis Street, Dickson

How public submissions are handled

Please note: Under section 211F of the Planning and Development Act 2007;

The Minister must

(a) make a copy of any submission available on the authority website until the submission is withdrawn or the consultation period ends; and

(b) give a copy of the submission to the proponent of the development proposal.

In complying with the obligation under section 211F, the authority discloses the submissions, which may include personal information on its website and to the proponent. You may request to have part or all of your submission excluded from the public register under Sections 411 or 412 of the Planning and Development Act 2007. The request for exclusion must be in writing and clearly identify what you are seeking to exclude and how the request satisfies the exclusion criteria. The authority may approve or refuse to approve an exclusion application.

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) Information Privacy Policy contains information about how you may access or seek to correct your personal information held by EPSDD, and how you may complain about an alleged breach of the Territory Privacy Principles.

See the Consultation Notice for further information on providing a submission, including publication of submissions.