TransGrid to rebuild the Cooma Substation and provide funding for community programs

11/03/2014

​The Cooma Substation dates back to 1954 and while it has been a stable and strong part of the alpine region’s electricity network, the equipment is approaching the end of its serviceable life and needs upgrading.

This Cooma Substation Replacement project is a major investment in the safe, reliable and efficient supply of electricity to the region and the far south coast.

The new site will be located across the road from the existing infrastructure on the Monaro Highway.

Construction is expected to begin later this year and is aimed to be completed by late 2016.

Cooma has also been selected to be part of TransGrid’s 2014 Community Partnerships Program (CPP), which offer grants to not-for-profit organisations to undertake initiatives which improve the local community.

From supporting palliative care organisations, to the greening of gardens or new equipment for local sports clubs, the CPP will continue to provide financial support to initiatives in areas where TransGrid undertakes work.

This program is part of an ongoing commitment to build positive relationships with our local communities and this is the third year that TransGrid has supported not-for-profit organisations to undertake community initiatives across New South Wales.

“I’m pleased to announce that Cooma-Monaro has been selected to be part of the 2014 Community Partnerships Program,” said Laura Stewart, TransGrid’s Community Relations Manager.

“Applicants are urged to forward funding requests with an emphasis on showing that their plans will deliver lasting benefits to local communities,” Ms Stewart added.

Last year TransGrid provided more than $85,000 in funding, across a wide range of initiatives.

Preference is given to initiatives which improve or promote at least one of the following areas:

  • public safety and wellbeing;
  • health and education; and/or
  • the environment.

As a further initiative it is also planned that one of TransGrid’s Community Liaison Officers will also visit local schools to present the BeSafeKidz initiative.

BeSafeKidz is a long-standing program which aims to educate children about electricity and safety.

 

Success Stories

Among the most recent Community Partnerships Program success stories was the application put forward by MS Australia.

MS Australia Partnerships Manager Cynthia Cameron said the funding has made a significant difference to those suffering multiple sclerosis.

“The funding from TransGrid enabled us to purchase Big Button Telephones specifically designed for people with differing degrees of disability,” Ms Cameron said.

“The phones help our residents to more easily stay in touch with their family, friends, carers and the community in general.”

Ms Cameron has urged other organisations to put their best ideas forward.

“We are extremely grateful for the grant and would encourage anyone with a community initiative to get involved – it’s very worthwhile,” she added.

TransGrid has been an integral part of delivering electricity to the people of New South Wales (NSW) for more than 60 years. It owns and operates one of the largest high-voltage transmission networks in Australia, up to 12,800 kilometres of transmission line and more than 90 substations, connecting generators distributors and major end-users in NSW and the ACT and also has links to Queensland and Victoria, facilitating interstate energy trading. Its operations are closely regulated to ensure power system security and TransGrid’s aim is to provide a safe, reliable, efficient and world-class electricity supply from power generators to distributors, which then deliver the electricity to homes across the state.

Details about the Community Partnerships Program are available at www.transgrid.com.au/being-responsible/community-partnership-program​ or by calling one of our Community Liaison Officers on 1800 222 537.

For further information on any project or any other TransGrid initiative please email your question to community@transgrid.com.au.