MEMBER for Gympie David Gibson has called a public meeting in response to community concerns regarding Energex high voltage powerlines through inner Gympie and the Southside.
The meeting is scheduled from 5:30pm to 7pm on Wednesday, April 21 at the Gympie Civic Centre. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
Southside resident Jackie Fallon told The Gympie Times yesterday that she had spoken to Energex project manager Matthew Bloxsom who confirmed the proposed powerlines route from the Gympie Substation across the Mary River to the Southside, along Power Road, Exhibition Road and Stumm Road and back across the river to Gympie North Substation, will also be 33,000-volt.
As Ms Fallon understands it, this will mean a third line above the existing neighbourhood powerlines and 11kV lines.
Ms Fallon said she was concerned about health risks and hoped other Southside residents along the route would attend the meeting next Wednesday to obtain more information.
As a result of Mr Gibson’s efforts Energex has agreed to re-examine all options to supply additional power and there is now the opportunity to provide community feedback.
“At this meeting we will discuss how the community can best provide written submission to Energex to ensure their concerns are heard.” Mr Gibson said.
Worried residents have already expressed views to him on the powerline proposal and he wanted to ensure that the community knew it was important to share these views with Energex.
“It is clear that as our community grows we will need additional power but it is important that all options to supply the power we need for the future are considered including the undergrounding of the powerlines if that is what the community wants,” he said.
Energex has said concerned residents can also contact them on 1300 762 213 and quote project number C0065303 to discuss the power project.