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Echo (21/2/09) After it all they get a gantry

I wouldn't want Echo readers to miss out on Western Power's latest blunder in the Eastern Terminal Substation debacle. In the Echo January 3, Western Power published an advert on page 14 advising their final decision on the Hackett's Gully bodge.

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Hills Gazette (14/2/09) Power gantry poses fire risk

We are all angered by arsonists in the east, and with good reason. We should also be angry with Western Power's decision to locate its gantry in the extreme bush fire risk area of Hacketts Gully. Should a fire occur in that area, either through its construction or its operation, then the densely populated area of Kalamunda Hills will no doubt face the same fate.

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Echo (10/1/09) No other option for terminal

Western Power has met with a community focus group to discuss phase one of the Powering Perth"s communities project.

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Hills Gazette (6/12/08) Power consult plan sparks protests

Action groups have described Western Power's latest attempt at community consultation over the Powering Perth's Communities project as a sham and a farce. Gary Warden, spokesman for the Hills Climate Action Group, and Alan Lonsdale, spokesperson for the SETS group, have come out in protest over the focus group meeting held last Saturday in Kalamunda.

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Echo (Nov 08) - Focus Group discusses Terminal Project

Western Power has met with a community focus group to discuss phase one of the Powering Perth"s communities project.

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Hills Gazette (25/10/08) - Project unplugs Shire Ire

Kalamunda Shire Council moved an urgent motion at its meeting on Monday over the latest development in Western Power's controversial Powering Perth's Communities project.

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Echo (25/10/08) - Eastern Terminal Project renamed

Western Power have announced a new name for the former Eastern Terminal project, saying the change was needed to reflect a new approach.

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Hills Gazette (06/09/08) - Mixed Views on Terminal

Candidates contesting Hills seats have outlined a range of views on Western Power's proposed Eastern Terminal.

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Hills Gazette (16/08/08) Win for Power Protest

A group fighting the construction of an electrical switchyard in the Hills is celebrating after Western Power announced it would take the project back to the drawing board....

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Echo (16/08/08) Terminal discussed at meeting

Western Power's General Manager in Customer Services Mark de Laeter addressed the Shire of Kalamunda's Planning and Services Committee regarding the proposed Eastern Terminal switchyard. Over 80 people filled the chamber to demonstrate their disapproval of Western Power's lack of community consultation...

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Hills Gazette (July 2008) Walk Trail damaged

Western Power has admitted two of its contractors damaged areas of a walking trail in Kalamunda during recent maintenance.

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Hills Gazette (28/06/08) Substation in activists firing line

A newly formed group of Hills climate activists will fight the proposed construction of the eastern terminal electricity substation.

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Hills Gazette (28/06/08) Tsunami of salt is a real killer

...Lo and behold on the same page is a big advertisement - an invitation from Western Power. The subject is basically land clearing for its new power line.

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Hills Gazette (24/05/08) - Sparks fly over switch

Western Power have conceded they should have provided Hills residents with clearer information about the development of an Eastern Terminal Substation.

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Hills Gazette (19/04/08) - Fears over power plan

A group opposing Western Power's plans to build an eastern terminal substation in the Hills fear the community will not receive a fair hearing during the next round of consultation.

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Hills Gazette Letter to the Editor (19/04/08) - Why the change?

"I note with interest that Ian Buchanan from Western Power (Geologist's ideas rejected, Gazette, April 5) confirmed the southeastern terminal and the recommissioning of the transmission line are required in addition to the eastern terminal..."

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The West Australian (17/04/08) - Plan to build more coal power stations

Coal magnate Rick Stowe is planning to capitalise on the high price of domestic gas by spending up to $1.2 billion building 3 new power stations in a move that will put further pressure on the WA Government's greenhouse targets.

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Hills Gazette (05/04/08) - Geologist's idea rejected

Western Power has rejected a suggestion from a Hills Geologist that its planned eastern terminal substation is unnecessary.

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Hills Gazette (29/03/08) - Hacketts Gully plea

Kalamunda Shire Council wants the State Government to extend Kalamunda National Park to incorporate an area of the state forest at Hacketts Gully.

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Hills Gazette Letter to the Editor (29/03/08) - Residents must be consulted

"I am very concerned at Western Power's announcement of the building of a gantry on Mundaring Weir Road and upgrade of the existing 132,0000 volt line between Boddington and this new gantry."

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Hills Gazette (22/03/08) - Council speaks out on station

Kalamunda Shire Council has expressed its intense opposition to the area Western Power is studying as a site for a planned eastern terminal substation.

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Hills Gazette (15/03/08) - Calls to Delay Plan

A group opposed to Western Power's proposed eastern terminal substation in the Hills has urged energy minister Francis Logan to halt construction of a temporary gantry structure planned for Hacketts Gully.

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Hills Gazette (01/03/08) - Group to fight for land

Tourism operators in the Hills have joined forces to fight Western Power's plans to build an eastern terminal substation in the Hills.

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Hills Gazette Letter to the Editor (01/03/08) - Western Power plot thickens - Mr John Davenport, Bickley

"I note that Mr de Laeter claims the main reason for a "hills connection" to the metropolitan grid is because of new power stations being built at Collie".

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Hills Gazette Letter to the Editor (23/02/08) - Home not yet chosen for ET - Mr Mark de Laete, General Manager, Customer Services, Western Power

"In response to the letter from John Davenport from Bickley, published in the February 16 issue, I assure residents that Western Power has not chosen a location for the proposed Eastern Terminal (ET) substation."

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Hills Gazette Letter to the Editor (16/02/08) - Stealth at work over project - Mr John Davenport, Bickley

"Western Power's announcement of the reconstruction of the Collie to Hacketts Gully transmission line strongly suggests that it has chosen a site for the eastern terminal in the Hacketts Gully area."

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# Hills Gazette (09/02/08) - People power ignored

An action group fighting the construction of an electricity substation in the Hills believes Western Power has no interest in consulting the community over a site.

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Hills Gazette (15/12/07) - Substation put on backburner

Opponents to a proposed electrical terminal substation in the Hills have won a 12 month reprieve, with Western Power this week announcing it needs more time to consult the community.

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Echo Newspaper (14/11/07) - Shire seeks consultation

Kalamunda Shire Council will request a consultation with Western Power on the proposal for the new Eastern Sub Terminal.

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Hills Gazette (10/11/07) - Substation fight on

Opposition is mounting against Western Power's proposed Eastern Terminal Substation in the Hills.

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Echo Newspaper (10/11/07) - Terminal Call

Darling Range MLA John Day has called for the State Government to listen to concerns of local residents about a new terminal substation to be constructed in the Kalamunda District.

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Kalgoorlie Miner (Oct 07) - Threat to goldfields water

Goldfields drinking water could be at risk of contamination if a proposed Western Power substation is established in Kalamunda, according to Kalamunda Shire Councillor Frank Lindsay.

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Echo Newspaper (Oct 07) - Substation site up for discussion

Residents will take an active role in the selection of a site for a new $180 million terminal substation in the Kalamunda-Mundaring area, according to Western Power.

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Hills Gazette (29/05/99) - Substation opposed

Kalamunda Shire Council will "vehemently" oppose a bid by Western Power to build a substation near Mundaring Weir Road in Hacketts Gully.

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Please consider registering for Phase II consultation

by Claire 3/14/2009 2:18:00 PM

If you've been keeping up to date with the "Powering Perth's Communities" project, otherwise known as the "Eastern Terminal Substation", then you will be aware that "Phase 1" of this project is now complete, and our community is to get a gantry.

Western Power are now inviting members of the community to register their interest in Phase II, see WP's PPC section on their website below.

http://www.westernpower.com.au/...Communities.html#phase2

The SETS group is urging concerned community members to register their interest.  Please take the time to send Western Power an email.  The email address is ppc@westernpower.com.au

We'll keep you posted as more news comes to hand.

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by Claire 3/14/2009 2:01:00 PM

Echo (21/2/09) After it all they get a gantry

I wouldn't want Echo readers to miss out on Western Power's latest blunder in the Eastern Terminal Substation debacle. In the Echo January 3, Western Power published an advert on page 14 advising their final decision on the Hackett's Gully bodge.

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Hills Gazette (14/2/09) Power gantry poses fire risk

We are all angered by arsonists in the east, and with good reason. We should also be angry with Western Power's decision to locate its gantry in the extreme bush fire risk area of Hacketts Gully. Should a fire occur in that area, either through its construction or its operation, then the densely populated area of Kalamunda Hills will no doubt face the same fate.

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Echo (10/1/09) No other option for terminal

Western Power has met with a community focus group to discuss phase one of the Powering Perth"s communities project.

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Hills Gazette (6/12/08) Power consult plan sparks protests

Action groups have described Western Power's latest attempt at community consultation over the Powering Perth's Communities project as a sham and a farce. Gary Warden, spokesman for the Hills Climate Action Group, and Alan Lonsdale, spokesperson for the SETS group, have come out in protest over the focus group meeting held last Saturday in Kalamunda.

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Western Power Disempowering Us over the Christmas Holidays - Have your say now.

by Claire 1/5/2009 8:38:00 AM

Firstly, let us apologise for disturbing you during these festive holidays.

Unfortunately Western Power has once again shown their disregard for an agreed community consultation, by the release of a submission paper over the Christmas break in regards to Eastern Terminal (the South West Transmission reinforcement). Please go to the following link to learn more: http://westernpower.com.au/mainContent/projects/currentProjects/South-west.html.

We feel this indignity deserves a round of requests for the Minister for Energy to address our concerns over Western Power"s latest failure to properly consult with our community.

Simply use the letter wizard on this page and generate your personalised letter. This should take no longer than 5 minutes. You will be able to preview the letter and if you are happy with it you can then either print it out and mail it via post or you can forward it via e-mail onto the Minister for Energy. We encourage you to also send a copy of your letter to the Western Power Major Projects Coordinator Ian Buchanan.

Your letter will be much more powerful if you personalise it, so please enter your own comments and concerns in the areas provided.

Which of the following best describe the stake you have in this project?
Please select from the following list your greatest concerns about the project






Select one or more actions that you would like to see from Western Power here


Type any concern or outrage over Western Power’s conduct that you want to raise
What would you like the Minister to encourage Western Power to do?


Your Details
 
 
When you click this button you will be presented with a pdf document containing your letter for you to print, sign and post. You will also be emailed a copy of the letter.

Thanks for your response to this important issue, once again.

Addresses:

Honourable Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC
11th Floor
Dumas House
2 Havelock Street
WEST PERTH WA 6005
Email: Minister.Collier@dpc.wa.gov.au

NPD Submissions
Manager
Network Planning & Development
Western Power Corporation
GPO Box L921
Perth WA 6842
Email: npdsubmissions@westernpower.com.au

If you don't have Adobe Acrobat on your computer, click on the following link to download this software for free. If you wish to make additional modificiations, you can copy the text of your letter from Adobe and paste it into your word processing application such as MS Word. 

Thankyou for your support this year.

by Claire 12/21/2008 9:05:00 PM

To All Our Members and Supporters

Thank you for a wonderful year of support and action.

Our achievements this year have been spectacular. Western Power have been forced to rebadge their Eastern Terminal project several times. It has received 668 submissions thanks to your efforts. 598 of you were concerned about clearing of State Forest, 592 about the impact on the Water Catchment, and 539 on the impacts on the economics of the area (ie tourism.) Unfortunately Western Power has labelled this July consultation a "failure" as it did not give them the answers they wanted and have embarked on another costly round of consultation which ended in a workshop on 29th November. Thanks to your boycott only 11 community members participated and all roundly condemned Western Power"s proposal! This now equates to a 2 year delay to their project.

We still have to be vigilant in our opposition if we are to protect this critically endangered part of the world, but with your continued support and action we are hopeful we can achieve a great outcome.

Wishing you the best for the festive season and a happy new year!

(See the newspaper article reporting on the peaceful protest at the recent Focus Group meeting)

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5 minutes to write an email to your local politician.

by Claire 10/31/2008 1:52:00 AM

We know you're concerned about Eastern Terminal and the so called "fresh start".  You've probably read in the newspaper and on our website about Western Power's "fresh start", and "focus group".  If you're as concerned as we are about the sincerity of this move, we encourage you to write to your local politicians to express your concerns.

We've made it easy for you with a new letter wizard here - http://stopeasternterminal.org.au/page/Dont-be-disempowered!.aspx, or click the big red button on the home page.  You can send a pro-forma letter as provided, or you can add your own thoughts if you wish.  All of the relevant politicians are provided for you, and there is another page with all of their contact details, incase you'd rather contact them directly.

It will only take you 5 minutes.  Please consider taking time out of your day to make a difference.

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Your contacts in the new State Government

by Claire 10/30/2008 7:05:00 PM

The SETS group encourages concerned community members to continue to write, email, telephone and visit their local members, and the new Minister for Energy to ask questions and express their views on the Eastern Terminal issue. 

For your information, here are the relevant politicians and their contact details:

Peter Collier

Peter Collier

  • Minister for Energy 

Email: Minister.Collier@dpc.wa.gov.au  

Telephone: 9213 7150

Address: 11th Floor, Dumas House, 2 Havelock Street, WEST PERTH WA 6005

John Day

 

John Day

  • Member for Kalamunda
  • Minister for Planning, Culture and the Arts 
Email: jday@mp.wa.gov.au

Telephone: 9293 4747

Address: 16 Mead Street, Kalamunda WA 6076

Postal: PO Box 610, Kalamunda 6926

Helen Morton

Helen Morton

  • Member for the East Metropolitan Region 
Email: helen.morton@mp.wa.gov.au

Telephone: 9452 8311

Address: Unit 2, 201-205 Burslem Drive, MADDINGTON WA 6109

Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson

  • Member for Darling Range
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering
Email: darlingrange@mp.wa.gov.au

Telephone: 9525 4822

Address: Suite 5 / 837 South West Hwy, Byford Western Australia

Postal:  PO Box 56, Byford Western Australia 6122

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Election 2008. Here is your local candidate's official position on Eastern Terminal.

by Claire 9/1/2008 9:22:00 PM

John Davenport of the Stop Eastern Terminal Action Group wrote to local candidates last month to ask them for their positions on Eastern Terminal.  Here are their replies.

Please consider the following letters and emails carefully and draw your own conclusions when deciding who to vote for on Saturday the 6th.

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Candidate

Party

Official Position

Email for further details

Kalamunda

John Day Liberal Party

Plain text version

John-Day.pdf (157.31 kb)

john.day@mp.gov.au
Juliana Plummer Australian Labor Party

Plain text version

Juliana-Plummer.pdf (64.17 kb) 

juliana.plummer@walabor.org.au
Toni Warden The Greens WA

Plain text version

Toni-Warden.pdf (351.09 kb)

toni@toniwarden.com.au

Website http://toniwarden.com.au

Darling Range

Tony Simpson Liberal Party

Plain text version

Tony-Simpson.pdf (153.79 kb)

sjoffice@mp.wa.gov.au
Lisa Griffith Australian Labor Party NO REPLY (see update below)
lisa.griffiths@walabor.org.au
Denise Hardie The Greens WA

Plain text version

Denise-Hardie.pdf (125.56 kb) 

darlingrange@wa.greens.org.au

East Metro

Helen Morton Liberal Party

Plain text version

Helen-Morton.pdf (158.83 kb)

helen.morton@mp.wa.gov.au
Donna Faragher Liberal Party NO REPLY nikki.day@mp.wa.gov.au
Stephen Blizard Liberal Party NO REPLY steve@blizard.com.au
Alyssa Hayden Liberal Party

Plain text version

Alyssa-Hayden.pdf (189.35 kb) 

alyssa.hayden@wa.liberal.org.au
Jock Ferguson Australian Labor Party NO REPLY  
Ljiljanna Ravlich Australian Labor Party NO REPLY  
Linda Savage Australian Labor Party NO REPLY  
Alison Xamon The Greens WA

Plain text version

Alison-Xamon.pdf (13.77 kb)

http://wa.greens.org.au/eastmetro

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Thankyou to all the candidates who replied to our request.  If your candidate is not listed here (perhaps someone from a minor party), or has not replied to our request for information, please contact them to ask them for their position, and let us know what their response is.

Update

Lisa Griffiths did not reply to the SETS Group's written request.   Co-convenor  Alan Lonsdale managed to speak with her by telephone on 2 September, having left a message 10 days earlier.  She explained that as she was a private citizen and not a member of Parliament, she had passed our requests on to Labor Party headquarters for a response.  To this point no response had been received.

When questioned about her personal view, she stated that a lot of people in the electorate wanted a better supply of power, while equally a lot of people in the electorate were concerned about the environment.  When asked how an Eastern Terminal would improve the power supply to people in the electorate, she indicated that "it would be another source of power".  She was informed that the purpose of the Eastern Terminal would be to augment power supplies to people in the Perth metropolitan area, NOT the Darling Range electorate.   She replied: "That's not what I've been told".

On this issue Lisa Griffiths has not done her homework, and is muddled and disorganised.  She has not thought through her position on the Eastern Terminal.
 

 

  

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Kalamunda Shire Council's submission to Western Power on the Site Selection Process

by Claire 8/19/2008 8:06:00 PM

On Monday 18th August the Kalamunda Shire Council considered a submission from the Shire to Western Power in relation to the site selection process.

Although the last date for submissions passed on 31 July the Council had arranged an extension.   

The submission was passed unanimously.  The submission is reproduced below, and makes very strong statements about the proposed Eastern Terminal, the proposed gantry, the site selection process, "no-go" areas,  and the need for open public consultation.

SHIRE OF KALAMUNDA

SUBMISSION TO WESTERN POWER REGARDING THE SITE SELECTION PROCESS FOR THE PROPOSED EASTERN TERMINAL

1.  CONSISTENT OPPOSITION

The Shire of Kalamunda has been involved in consultation with Western Power and its predecessors concerning the proposed Eastern Terminal substation since 1992.  The Shire has consistently opposed the proposal that an Eastern Terminal substation be located in state forest or water catchment areas to the east of Kalamunda.

During this period Council established a policy of ‘vehement opposition’ to the proposal.  Council understood that the issues had been resolved in May 2002 when Western Power wrote to the community of Hacketts Gully stating:

“Following a review of the long term electrical load requirements for the east metropolitan area, we wish to advise that a terminal substation will no longer required at Location 3897 Mundaring Weir Road, Hacketts Gully. We also have no intention to acquire an alternative site in areas close to Hacketts Gully as previously advised. The site at Location 3897 Mundaring Weir Road will be either disposed of or held as an environmental/conservation asset to be traded at some time in the future. Western Power has not intention to sell the land to a private developer[1].”

1.1     Council is greatly concerned that Western Power is now attempting to renege on its 2002 promises to the residents of Hacketts Gully.

Council remains opposed to Western Power’s Eastern Terminal proposal.  On 17 March 2008 Council unanimously adopted a motion that the Kalamunda Shire Council:

  1. expresses its vehement opposition to siting of the substation within the study area designated by Western Power as it consists mainly of Priority 1 & Priority 2 water catchment areas, National Park and State Forest, and consequently is unacceptable on environmental, economic and social grounds,
  2. expresses its vehement opposition to the announcement by Western Power of the 7 February 2008 that it is intending to construct a gantry structure near the intersection of Mundaring Weir Road and Bahen Road, Hacketts Gully, without any prior consultation with either the Council or affected residents in Hacketts Gully.

1.2    Council remains vehemently opposed to an Eastern Terminal and the proposed gantry structure in Hacketts Gully on environmental, social and economic grounds.

2.  WATER CATCHMENT

The Shire of Kalamunda has adhered to the terms of the ‘Water Management Strategy’ in Public Drinking Water Source Areas when considering development applications in Priority 1, 2 & 3 areas.  The Eastern Terminal study area encompasses all three Priority areas and falls within the Mundaring, Middle Helena and Victoria catchments.  As a consequence, use of land in these areas has been restricted in terms of the number and types of animals, the secondary processing of farm, orchard and vineyard produce and the imposition of housing envelopes on subdivided land so that water quality is preserved.

Council notes that under the ‘Water Management Strategy’ the category of ‘energy industry’ is incompatible.  Council also notes that recent announcements by the Water Corporation confirm Mundaring Weir as one of three key catchment areas in the Perth metropolitan area[2].

2.1     Council believes the construction of an Eastern Terminal in this area of State Forest and Priority 1 & 2 water catchments will set an unacceptable precedent and seriously undermine Council’s attempts to implement its strategy to secure water quality in the catchments.

3.  ENVIRONMENT, TOURISM AND RECREATION

The Shire’s strategic plan places particular value on the environment, ecotourism as an important economic driver, and the importance of the natural environment for recreation.

The proposed Eastern Terminal – whether as a switchyard or substation – would have a strong negative impact on these values.

The ‘gantry’ structure would have a major visible impact on the important tourist route which connects Kalamunda to the Mundaring Weir, Lake C.Y.O’Connor, the O’Connor Museum, the Hills Forest Centre and the Bibbulmun and Munda Biddi Trails and, in turn, on the recreational amenity of these areas.

In May 2008 Tourism W.A. stated:[3]

  1. Perth Hills area has been identified as an emerging tourism destination within the Experience Perth Destination Development Strategy 2007-2017.
  2. Tourism development in the Perth Hills destination is seen as strategically important as the Perth Hills product has direct synergy with three of the five iconic tourism experiences used to position Western Australia in the marketplace. (These include Forest & Flowers, Wine & Food, people & Lifestyle).
  3. The Bibbulmun Track and the Munda Biddi Trail hold iconic significance at a State level and form an important component of marketing Western Australia at a strategic level. 

3.1     Council believes the Eastern Terminal & ‘gantry’ proposals would undermine the tourism strategies of the Shire of Kalamunda and Tourism W.A. 

4.  SITE SELECTION PROCESS PAPER: THE PROJECT – A SWITCHYARD OR A SUBSTATION?

Pages 2-5 of the May 2008 Site Selection Process Paper outline Western Power’s plans for the construction of an Eastern Terminal switchyard.  Council is greatly concerned that in all previous information, including the briefing of Planning Services Committee on 10 December 2007, Western Power has consistently referred to an Eastern Terminal substation.  Despite Mr de Laeter’s presentation to Planning Services Committee on 11 August 2008, the reasons for the change are not clear, either to Council or to the community.  There continues to be very substantial community confusion concerning Western Power’s intentions, particularly given Western Power’s stated intention to acquire an area of 20 hectares, the area required for a substation.

Council is aware that Western Power proposes upgrading to 132 kV the 66 kV line which traverses Hacketts Gully and Paulls Valley.  It is assumed that should this occur, transformers would be required to convert 330 kV power to 132 kV, requiring the first stage of a substation.

4.1     The confusion that Western Power has created in the minds of the community as a result of its inconsistent descriptions of this project has significantly compromised the integrity of the consultation process, and raises serious questions about the adequacy of Western Power’s planning.

4.2     Council believes that, in assessing the potential long-term impact of the proposal, because of the uncertainty concerning the eventual development of an Eastern Terminal, Council must assume that it may ultimately comprise an Eastern Terminal substation; until such time that an unequivocal assurance is provided by Western Power that this is not the case.

5.  SITE SELECTION PROCESS PAPER: PROPOSED DECISION AND SITE SELECTION PROCESS

The description in the Site Selection Process Paper of the proposed site selection process is confusing, and is expressed in language that would not readily be understood by many people.  Those unfamiliar with the background to the Eastern Terminal proposal would have found it difficult to make informed comments about the process.  Council notes that of the 600 submissions received, only 37 were concerned with the process.  It is suggested that this is reflective of (a) the strength of community opposition to an Eastern Terminal, (b) the likelihood that many respondents were not prepared to comment on a site selection process as they were opposed to an Eastern Terminal anywhere in the study area, and (c) difficulty in understanding and commenting on the proposed process.

The Site Selection Process Paper identifies the following as “no-go” areas in which an Eastern Terminal would not be constructed: Reservoir Protection Zones; a buffer around the Perth Observatory; National Parks; and a 500 metre buffer around residential areas.  Council notes that following the exclusion of these areas the remaining area of interest would consist wholly of Priority 1 and 2 water catchment. 

5.1     Council believes that the following MUST ALSO be designated as “no-go” areas:

a)   the locality of Hacketts Gully in its entirety;

b)   all Priority 1 and 2 water catchment areas;

c)   a buffer of at least 500 metres on each side of the Bibbulmun Track, the Munda Biddi Track, the Lower Helena Bridle Trail, Kalamunda Circuit and The Dell picnic area, consistent with Western Power’s proposed setbacks for private property;

d)   all Environmentally Sensitive Areas as defined by the Department of Environment and Conservation; and

e)   a buffer of at least 1000 m (rather than 500 m) around all residential areas.

5.2     Council believes the threat of Phythophthera die back disease means that any development involving the clearing of forest in the study poses an unacceptable risk. 

Council is greatly concerned that while the Site Selection Process Paper proposes the application of sustainability principles to the selection of a specific site, the decision by Western Power to locate an Eastern Terminal within the study area was based only on economic and technical criteria. 

5.3     Council believes it is essential that, to ensure consistent decision making and to convince the community that Western Power is genuine in its use of sustainability principles, the decision to locate an Eastern Terminal east of Kalamunda must be reconsidered, using the sustainability principles proposed for the site selection process.

6.  PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Council is greatly concerned that, given the level of confusion in the community about Western Power’s intentions, the Site Selection Process Paper makes no provision for open community consultation through public meetings.  The Paper refers only to “information sessions during the Site Options Discussion Paper comment period to explain the sites identified.”  Community members who were not invited to the 2007 workshops but who have been included in the 2008 process will be seriously disadvantaged.  Community members and organisations will find it difficult to participate in the proposed site selection process if they have a confused or incorrect understanding of Western Power’s plans.  

6.1     Council believes it is essential that open information sessions are conducted as soon as possible to properly inform the community of the latest proposals for an Eastern Terminal.  Without such opportunities, Western Power’s community consultation process will be fundamentally flawed.


[1] Letter from Mr R Teh of WPC, 9th May, 2002

[2]  ‘The West Australian’ 22 July 2008

[3]  Letter to Perth Hills Vignerons Association 27 May 2008

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Please write to your local Candidate

by Claire 8/16/2008 11:08:00 AM

As we all know an election will be held on 6th September 2008

As electors, now is the time to ask your local candidates to state their position on the Gantry and on Eastern Terminal. 

Please take the time to email your candidates or write them a letter.  Let them know that this is an issue for you and that you would like to receive a reply. 

Your voice can make a difference!

The candidates are:

The Premier 

Alan Carpenter; alan.carpenter@walabor.org.au

Kalamunda

John Day (Liberal); john.day@mp.gov.au

Juliana Plummer (Labor); juliana.plummer@walabor.org.au

Toni Warden (Greens); toni@toniwarden.com.au, Website http://toniwarden.com.au

Darling Range

Tony Simpson; sjoffice@mp.wa.gov.au

Lisa Griffith; lisa.griffiths@walabor.org.au   

Denise Hardie (Greens); darlingrange@wa.greens.org.au

East Metro

Helen Morton (Liberal); helen.morton@mp.wa.gov.au

Donna Faragher (Liberal); nikki.day@mp.wa.gov.au

Stephen Blizard (Liberal); steve@blizard.com.au

Alyssa Hayden (Liberal); alyssa.hayden@wa.liberal.org.au 

Jock Ferguson (Labor)

Ljiljanna Ravlich (Labor)

Linda Savage (Labor)

Alison Xamon (Greens); http://wa.greens.org.au/eastmetro

The Aust Labor Party, WA Branch does not give email contacts for these people, you may use the main Labor head office address.

Please let us know in the comments if you can give us email addresses for the above people, or if you receive any replies.

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600 Public Submissions on the Site Selection Process Paper

by Claire 8/16/2008 10:55:00 AM
The period for public comment on this paper ended on 31 July.   Thankyou to everyone who submitted a comment. 

Mark De Laeter in his address to the council indicated that there had been 600 submissions from members of the public in the recent round of public comment on the "site selection process". 

As a result of the huge community opposition to the project, Western Power have now announced a "fresh start" on Eastern Terminal. Well done!

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