Overview

HumeLink is a new 500kV transmission line which will connect Wagga Wagga, Bannaby and Maragle.

It is one of the state’s largest energy infrastructure projects, with about 365 km of proposed new transmission lines, and new or upgraded infrastructure at four locations.

Why do we need HumeLink?

To meet our future energy demands, Australia needs to transition to a greater mix of low-emission renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. HumeLink will deliver a more reliable and more sustainable grid by increasing the amount of renewable energy that can be delivered across the national electricity grid, helping to transition Australia to a low carbon future.

Project benefits:

  • Reliable power: NSW households will have greater access to reliable and affordable electricity
  • Economic growth: HumeLink will unlock the full capacity of the expanded Snowy Hydro Scheme and enable greater sharing of energy across the eastern states.
  • Cleaner, sustainable future: HumeLink will enable more renewable energy generation to enter the market, supporting Australia’s emissions reduction targets
  • Jobs and opportunities: the project will create more than 1600 construction jobs
  • Economic growth: contribute to economic activity in regional NSW, generating major benefits for local communities along the route.

Project objectives

When completed, HumeLink aims to:

  • Increase the transfer capacity between southern NSW and major load centres within NSW (Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong)
  • Reinforce stability and reliability of the transmission network
  • Facilitate transition of the network to new generation sources

Regulatory update reports and models

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Community information sessions

Online Events

As we progress with the development of HumeLink’s Amendment Report, a number of technical reports have been prepared to support the assessment of the proposed amendments and refinements. These technical reports assess potential impacts and proposed mitigation and management measures and consider submissions made on the EIS, where relevant.

A summary of a number of Amendment Report assessment outcomes will be presented at our next online webinar sessions. The topics include traffic, transport and access, noise and vibration, landscape character and visual amenity and land use and property. These topics are aligned with those of most interest from ongoing feedback from community and stakeholders.

If you are interested in knowing more about the Amendment Report assessment outcomes, the project team is holding online events via Zoom between 11 – 16 April.  The same presentation will be given at each session, so please only register to one event. To RSVP, simply click on the preferred date and time below: 

1. Thursday 11 April - 12:00pm - 1:30pm AEST

2. Tuesday 16 April - 5:30pm - 7:00pm AEST

If you need technical support with Zoom prior to the webinar events, call the project team on 1800 317 367.

Click on the links below to view the resources from our recent community information sessions.

Community Information Webinars – Presentations

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Project update

Material Change in Circumstance Assessment

On 1 March 2024, Transgrid published an update regarding the Material Change in Circumstance Assessment (MCC). Under the National Electricity Rules (NER) a material change in circumstance assessment (MCC) is required if a project changes in terms of cost. As part of this announcement, Transgrid invited feedback from communities and stakeholders by midnight 21 March 2024. This consultation period has been extended until 3 April 2024 at the request of community.

The MCC tests if these project changes impact the ranking of the preferred option compared to the original assumptions made in the Regulatory Investment Test for Transmission (RIT-T) process, which was completed for HumeLink in 2021.

The overall cost of HumeLink has increased from $3.27b in 2021 to $4.88b in 2024. These cost increases are driven by global demand, supply chain disruption and increased prices for raw materials and are commensurate with increases in major projects globally during this period. During this period, the market benefits also increased and as such the assessment found the preferred option for HumeLink remained unchanged. This means the increase in cost is not deemed a material change in circumstance event as defined by the attached report.

The market benefits associated with HumeLink have increased, from $500m to more than $1b. This significant increase in market benefits is primarily driven by:

  • the latest AEMO information on timing of energy generation projects, and 
  • emissions targets and renewable energy policies changing the inputs and assessments for AEMO benefits modelling.

The reports below and associated models outline this information in more detail. Transgrid welcomes feedback from communities and stakeholders. If you would like to give feedback, please email humelink@transgrid.com.au by midnight 3 April 2024. Feedback received during the period will be considered by the HumeLink project team and responded to after the closing date.

The extension of the MCC feedback period aligns with the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) consultation on the Contingent Project Application Stage 2 (CPA2) for HumeLink.

Contingent Project Application

A draft Contingent Project Application (draft Application) has been published for the delivery of Humelink, which will be our largest capital project since construction of our existing network. It involves around 360km of new 500 kV transmission lines connecting the greater Sydney load centre with the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme and Project EnergyConnect.

A Contingent Project Application (CPA) is the application a regulated business like Transgrid makes to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) to amend its revenue determination to include cost recovery from consumers for a project such as HumeLink. 

The AER provided its determinations for Humelink Stage 1 part 1 (Early Works) on 17 Aug 2022 and Stage 1 part 2 (Long Lead Equipment) on 25 Aug 2023. We are please to now provide our draft Stage 2 Contingent Project Application for the delivery of the HumeLink project.

Stakeholder engagement on our draft Stage 2 Application is important due to the significant costs involved. Please refer to the following documents for further details:

Please share with us your views and position on this draft Stage 2 Application by email at: regulatory.consultation@transgrid.com.au by 22 December 2023.

Stakeholders and community members can provide feedback on the draft HumeLink CPA Stage 2 application should they wish to do so before the statutory period begins. However, there will be another opportunity to give feedback on this application.

Following this initial feedback round and the following feedback loop confirmation from AEMO, Transgrid will submit our formal HumeLink CPA Stage 2 application to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

A formal consultation process will follow in 2024, including public exhibition of the application for a statutory period of four weeks.

Transgrid shortlists proponents for critical HumeLink transmission

Transgrid has announced the three proponents shortlisted to submit tenders to deliver a critical link in the National Electricity Market - the HumeLink transmission project.

Following an expression of interest in August 2022, Transgrid has invited three reputable Tier 1 Delivery Partners with strong experience in delivering infrastructure projects in Regional NSW to bid for the project’s delivery contracts.

  • Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd, Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited and Genus Plus Group Ltd (JV);
  • Downer Utilities Australia Pty Ltd and Consolidated Power Projects Australia Pty Ltd (JV); and
  • UGL Engineering Pty Ltd.

The successful proponents, who have also demonstrated experience in supporting sustainability, local jobs and First Nation participation, will now proceed to the next phase of the selection process: Read Transgrid’s media statement.

Australian Energy Regulator approves Stage 1 (Part 2) early works funding for HumeLink

Transgrid has welcomed the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) approval of the requested funding for Stage 1 (Part 2) of the HumeLink Project. 

This latest round of funding is a further indication of the Regulator’s confidence in this critically important transmission project, which represents a significant investment in Australia’s energy capability. 

The proposed HumeLink 500 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines are critical to the release of more affordable, reliable and renewable energy to the grid and is a priority project for the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and the Commonwealth and NSW Governments. 

The $227.9 million in capital expenditure enables Transgrid to procure critical items which are subject to long lead delivery times - such as transformers, reactors, conductor and steel towers. 

Stage 1 (Part 2) funding reduces cost uncertainty, by mitigating against current inflation and securing supply chain availability by bringing the associated costs forward and reducing the stage 2 cost by an equivalent amount. 

The Australian Energy Regulator’s determination follows their approval of the stage 1 (early works) funding on 17 August 2022 for $383.3 million ($2022-23). 

Australian Energy Regulator approves Stage 1 (Part 1) early works funding for HumeLink

Transgrid has welcomed the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) approval of all of the requested funding for Stage 1 (early works) of the HumeLink Project.

The $321.87 million in capital expenditure represents the next step in bringing more affordable, reliable, renewable energy to the grid as Transgrid delivers a next-generation transmission capability for NSW and the National Electricity Market.

This funding agreement is an indicator of the confidence the Regulator has in the HumeLink Project, which will reinforce the backbone of the transmission network for the eastern seaboard and unlock the full capacity of the Snowy Hydro 2.0 project

The funding will be used to conduct early works to reduce project risks and ensure Transgrid maximises efficiencies to help drive down energy costs to the consumer. Transgrid will continue to consult and collaborate with First Nations groups, communities and landowners on HumeLink to refine the project scope and identify investments which can return meaningful benefits to the families and communities living and working near the major project. These include training and employment opportunities, housing initiatives and funding community projects. Transgrid has issued an Expression of Interest for key delivery partners to design, install and commission the infrastructure.

HumeLink is a new 500kV transmission line which will connect Wagga Wagga, Bannaby and Maragle in southern NSW.

Read Transgrid’s media statement on Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) approval.

Transgrid releases the HumeLink Project - underground report

In late 2021, Transgrid was asked by the community and landowners to investigate options which explore the feasibility of building the HumeLink project via underground cable instead of overhead transmission lines.

Transgrid agreed to form a collaborative, Steering Committee, which developed an underground feasibility study scope of works. GHD and sub-consultants Stantec were appointed due to their High-Voltage Direct-Current (HVDC) expertise.

Following the completion of additional independent reviews of the project costing assumptions, GHD and Stantec have finalised the HumeLink Project – Underground Report and the community members of the Steering Committee have provided Transgrid with their response to the Report. In February 2023 Transgrid released its response to the report.

The cost of undergrounding the HumeLink transmission lines is estimated to be $ 11.5 billion at least three times more than the entire project’s current cost of $3.3 billion.

This is unsustainable as the additional cost will be passed on to commercial, industrial and private electricity consumers, at a time of great concern about escalating electricity prices.

The additional expenditure would curtail expenditure on other transmission projects essential for connecting alternative, renewable energy to consumers. This is because there is only a finite amount of money available to rewire the nation to deliver alternative, renewable power.

Undergrounding transmission lines would mean a significant delay in completion of the project by up to five years.

This delay would threaten the timely connection of the new renewable energy and the related essential new interstate connections to the grid. It is essential that the infrastructure is completed by 2026 to secure the network before the ageing power stations are decommissioned. A significant delay would put the energy security and stability of large parts of Eastern Australia at risk of failure.

We understand and empathise with the concerns of landowners and their desire to avoid hosting transmission infrastructure on their land.  We appreciate that people will be disappointed by the decisions following the completion of the report. However, it is very difficult to put in place any large infrastructure project without impacting some landowners. We hope that certainty may, to some extent, balance concern and disappointment.

Transgrid will continue to consult with landowners to minimise the impact to their properties.

Transgrid would like to acknowledge the efforts of the communities and volunteers from across the HumeLink footprint for the many hours they have contributed to the work of the steering committee since late 2021.

Announcement of preferred 200m corridor

In March 2022, Transgrid completed route refinement decisions in most areas on the above-ground study for the 200m corridor for the HumeLink project in the four key areas of Tumut, Bannaby, Pejar Dam and Green Hills. To minimise impact the preferred route was based on:

  • keeping the transmission line as straight as possible;
  • selecting the shortest possible route between two substations; and,
  • where possible be parallel to existing transmission easements and use public land

Transgrid’s constraints mapping process also considers factors including social considerations, environmental considerations, land use considerations, network resilience and cost.

To learn more about our route refinement decisions for the TumutBanabyGreen Hills and Pejar Dam areas, please see our fact sheets in our resources section.

In March 2022 Transgrid engaged an engineering consultant, GHD Pty Ltd, to conduct a comparison of transmission line route options for the HumeLink project in the Tumut area in response to landowners requesting that ‘Option 2F’ through the Kosciuszko National Park be thoroughly investigated as a viable option. Based on their assessment, the GHD report identifies Tumut North as the recommended option because it would impact the smallest number of landowners, represents the lowest project cost and would have the least impact on the environment. The GHD Options Assessment Report and HumeLink fact sheet explaining our route refinement decision can also be found in our resources section below.

In April 2022, based on Transgrid’s study results and GHD’s recommendation, the preferred 200m corridor was announced.

Local Business Register

We are interested in hearing from sole traders and businesses in the region that could provide a variety of products or services including engineering, design, general trades, administration, and Indigenous and support services. We’re also keen to hear from catering, accommodation, graphic design and printing services.

If you have a local business in the following Local Government Areas and are interested in working on the HumeLink Project, we would love to hear from you- simply complete our online form via the below link:

  • Upper Lachlan Shire
  • Yass Valley Council
  • Snowy Valleys Council
  • Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council
  • Wagga Wagga City Council, or
  • Goulburn Mulwaree
  • Hilltops Council

Local employment and supplier opportunities for HumeLink East and HumeLink West will be made widely available in the coming months.

The information collected will be shared with major construction contractors as planning progresses and opportunities arise. The local business register will also be the project teams’ first port of call when we are looking to procure goods and services at various stages of the project.

Please note, registering your interest does not guarantee employment.

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Timeline

  • Investigation of project options - Completed

    From 2019

  • Regulatory Investment Test (RIT-T) process - Completed

    From 2019, completed 2021

  • 1 km study corridor identified - Completed

    Early 2020

  • Community and landowner consultation - In progress

    Early 2020

    Community Consultative groups established late 2021

  • Environmental, field and technical studies - In progress

    From 2021 to 2023

  • Refined 200 m corridor announced - Completed

    Mid 2022

  • Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) issued - Completed

    Mid 2022

  • Underground Feasibility Study - Completed

    Mid 2022

  • NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s public display of Environmental Impact Statement - Completed

    September 2023

  • Project Submissions Report and Amendment Report to NSW Department of Planning, Housing, and Infrastructure - In progress

    First half 2024

  • Planning approvals obtained from State and Commonwealth governments - Proposed

    2024

  • Preparatory works, site establishment and early works - Proposed

    Late 2024

  • Construction works starts on transmission lines and substations - Proposed

    2025

  • Construction finishes - Proposed

    2026

Resources - Community Consultative Groups

CCG presentations

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Combined CCG Meeting Minutes

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Wagga Wagga CCG meeting minutes

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Regulatory and Environmental Approvals

Regulatory process

Federal and state government regulations require all major infrastructure projects, such as HumeLink, to undergo a robust environmental assessment before they are considered for approval.

On 11 February 2022, Transgrid submitted a Scoping Report for HumeLink to the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI) – formerly known as DPE. The report present a preliminary assessment of the potential impacts from the project. These were further assessed as part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

DPHI reviewed the Scoping Report and on 15 March 2022 issued the Planning Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). The SEARs sets out issues that must be addressed in the EIS.

All Critical State Significant Infrastructure development applications must be accompanied by an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The purpose of an EIS is to identify and assess the potential environmental, economic and social impacts of the project to help government agencies, relevant authorities, community and stakeholders make an informed decision or provide an informed submission on the merits of the project.

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) – formerly Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) – is also examining potential impacts of the project for Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES).

To read the documents submitted to DPHI as part of the project’s EIS as well as the formal submissions, visit the NSW Major Projects Planning Portal.

Rit-t process and submissions

As part of the regulatory approval process, Transgrid was required to demonstrate HumeLink’s benefits to consumers using a three-part market benefits test. This Regulatory Investment Test – Transmission (RIT-T) is the public economic cost benefit test administered by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) on all projects of more than $6 million. The documents include:

Project Specification Conclusions Report (PSCR) - detailed the need to reinforce the transmission network in southern NSW to increase capacity to the state's demand centres and describes credible options to meet the need, including technical characteristics that would be required of a non-network option.

Project Assessment Draft Report (PADR) - a full quantitative analysis of the proposed options and expected market benefit across a range of scenarios and sensitivities, published as supporting documents. 

Project Assessment Conclusions Report (PACR) - addresses PADR consultation responses and determines the final preferred option.

Project Assessment Conclusions Report (PACR) Addendum - this addendum has been prepared in response to the AER's dispute determination and extends the analysis presented in the HumeLink PACR published in July 2021.

Environmental approvals 

The NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) and Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021 (EP&A Regulation) form the statutory framework for environmental assessment and planning approval in NSW.

As part of the planning approval process for HumeLink, the project is required to prepare an EIS in accordance with the Planning Secretary’s environmental assessment requirements (SEARs).

This project also requires a Commonwealth Government approval as the DCCEEW has determined it is a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Under a bilateral agreement between the State and Commonwealth, the EIS will satisfy the assessment requirement of both authorities. However, HumeLink will need environmental approval from the NSW and Commonwealth governments.

On August 30, 2023 the EIS was lodged to the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI) formerly known as DPE, and placed on public exhibition. The EIS public exhibition commenced 30 August 2023 and concluded Tuesday 10 October, 2023.

The project team is continuing to review and respond to submissions received on the EIS via the Submissions Report and assess and report on proposed project amendments and refinements via the Amendment Report. The amendments and refinements have been identified in response to issues raised in submissions and ongoing design refinements.  As the project progresses through regulatory requirements, the team continues to actively engage with communities, stakeholders and government agencies. Engagement will continue throughout the preparation of the Amendment Report and in the lead-up to construction and operation of HumeLink.

The Submissions Report and Amendment Report will cross-reference one another and should be read in conjunction. The documents will be submitted to the DPHI during Q2 2024 concurrently and made available on the DPHI Major Projects Planning Portal.  

The DPHI will review the EIS, Submissions Report and Amendment Report as part of the project assessment. The DPHI will then make a recommendation to the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces to either approve the project along with any conditions or provide reasons for refusal. The DPHI may request additional information from Transgrid as part of the project assessment. 

If planning approval from State and Commonwealth governments is granted in the second half of 2024 site establishment and early works for the project will begin in late 2024. Construction work on transmission lines and substations would begin in 2025 with construction completed in 2026. 

Read the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information on the Environmental approvals:

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a Critical State Significant project?

CSSI projects are projects that are deemed to have state significance due to size, economic value or potential impacts they may have. These include developments that have a wider significance than just the local area.

2. What planning approvals are needed for this Project?

All State Significant development applications must be accompanied by an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The purpose of the EIS is to identify and assess the potential environmental, economic and social impacts of the project to help the government agencies, relevant authorities, community and stakeholders to make an informed decision or provide an informed submission on the merits of the project.

The NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) and Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021 (EP&A Regulation) form the statutory framework for environmental assessment and planning approval in NSW.

As part of the planning approval process for HumeLink, the project is required to prepare an EIS in accordance with the Planning Secretary’s environmental assessment requirements (SEARs).

This project will also require a Commonwealth Government approval as the Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW), formerly Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) has determined it is a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Under a bilateral agreement between the State and Commonwealth, the EIS will satisfy the assessment requirement of both. However, HumeLink will need an environmental approval from both the NSW and Commonwealth governments.

The project team is continuing work on the Environmental Impact Statement to understand the potential environmental, social and economic impacts HumeLink may have. At the same time, while the project progresses through the regulatory requirements, the team continues to engage with communities, stakeholders and government agencies.

Should the project be approved, it would be subject to Ministerial Conditions of Approval which outline how the potential impacts of the project and engagement with landowners and communities need to be managed, especially during construction. The Ministerial Conditions of Approval may also include operational requirements.

A Construction Environmental Management Plan will be created by the appointed construction contractor (s) to outline HumeLink’s construction approach and management of impacts. This Plan will be submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment for approval before construction starts on HumeLink.

3. Why does the project need an Australian Government environmental approval?

In April 2022, the Australian Government determined that the HumeLink project is a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). This has been done as the project could potentially result in significant impacts on Matters of National Environmental Significance.

The EPBC Act ensures that ‘nationally significant’ animals, plants, habitats and places are identified, and any potential negative impacts on them are carefully considered before changes in land use or new developments are approved.

For HumeLink, the Commonwealth Government has outlined three key areas of national environmental significance being:

  • National Heritage Places
  • Listed threatened species and communities
  • Listed migratory species.

The listed threatened species and communities include the White Box, Yellow Box, Blakely's Red Gum Grassy Woodland and Derived Native Grassland, Swift Parrot, Superb Parrot, Greater Glider and Koala. Migratory species include the White-throated Needletail, Black-faced Monarch, Satin Flycatcher, Rufous Fantail.

National heritage places include the Australian Alps National Parks and Reserves National Heritage Place and the Snowy Mountains Scheme National Heritage Place.

HumeLink SEARs and Supplementary SEARS can be found on the NSW Planning Portal.

4. What is a bilateral agreement?

The bilateral agreement is established between the Commonwealth and NSW governments to strengthen co-operation and reduce duplication during certain environmental impact assessment processes. This approach is standard practice for major infrastructure projects which are declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure.

Under this agreement, some planning stages will be carried out in parallel. For HumeLink specifically, the EIS will firstly be assessed by the NSW Government and then sent to the Commonwealth Government for assessment.

Submissions made during the EIS public display are reviewed by both governments as part of their assessments.

5. What is an Environmental Impact Statement?

As a Critical State Significant Infrastructure project, HumeLink is required to develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An EIS describes in detail the environmental, economic and community impacts that could arise from the project and proposes measures to effectively mitigate those impacts.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) issued Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the HumeLink project in March 2022 and supplementary SEARs, which include Commonwealth Government requirements, in April 2022. The SEARs identify matters which must be addressed in the EIS and essentially form its terms of reference.

HumeLink SEARs and Supplementary SEARS can be found on the NSW Planning Portal.

6. Why is an Environmental Impact Statement needed?

Commonwealth and NSW governments regulations require all major infrastructure projects, including HumeLink, to do a robust environmental assessment as part of the planning approval process. HumeLink will need to obtain planning approval from both the Commonwealth and NSW governments before main work construction can start.

7. What are the SEARs?

The NSW DPE has issued Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the HumeLink project. DPE seeks input from all government agencies to consider their requirements for the project before issuing SEARs. The SEARs identify and specify matters which must be investigated as part of the environmental impact statement and essentially form its terms of reference. It includes the requirements for both the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.

Areas to be addressed include biodiversity, Aboriginal cultural heritage, water and soils, land, transport, amenity and waste.

HumeLink SEARs and Supplementary SEARS can be found on the NSW Planning Portal

8. What is included in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)?

The EIS includes detailed technical studies to address the requirements outlined in the SEARs. These technical studies, some of which are already underway, include:

  • Biodiversity
  • Bushfire
  • Historic Heritage
  • Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF)
  • Aboriginal heritage
  • Aviation safety
  • Social
  • Hydrology and flooding
  • Economic
  • Surface water and groundwater
  • Land use and property
  • Contamination
  • Agricultural land
  • Air quality
  • Landscape character and visual amenity
  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and climate change risk
  • Noise and vibration
  • Sustainability
  • Traffic and Transport
 

9. Will the community be consulted?

As part of the EIS process, proponents of major infrastructure projects must consult with impacted communities, stakeholders, Registered Aboriginal Parties, local councils and NSW and Commonwealth government agencies and other interested parties.

The HumeLink project team is carrying out community and stakeholder engagement to provide information about the EIS process, the planning approvals pathway and technical reports that form part of the EIS. These engagement sessions are held both online and in person. Details about these sessions will be provided in the Community Information Session section of our website or you can subscribe to receive it directly from the project team via this page.

 

10. When will I be able to make a submission to the EIS?

Once the environmental assessments are completed and the EIS is finalised, DPE will place the final EIS on exhibition and call for public submissions. You will be able to provide feedback on the EIS during the public display period. This will take place in 2023 and the project team will widely advertise this to ensure community and stakeholders can actively participate in the exhibition and submissions.

HumeLink is also carrying out community and stakeholder engagement ahead of the EIS public display to seek feedback to inform our project.

11. How long will I have to comment?

Environmental Impact Statements must be on display for at least 28 days. DPE decides on the required timeframe.

12. What are the project’s next steps?

As part of the community and stakeholder engagement approach, the HumeLink project team is carrying out engagement opportunities to provide information about the EIS process, the planning approvals pathway and technical reports that form part of the EIS.

These engagement sessions are held both online and in person.

Details about these sessions will be provided in the Community Information Session section of our website or you can subscribe to receive it directly from the project team via HumeLink Updates.  

13. What engagement has been carried out with Indigenous groups and people?

HumeLink Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) set out the requirements the project must address across a range of areas including Aboriginal and European cultural heritage.

As part of this work, the project team is undertaking an assessment of Aboriginal Culture and Heritage to understand the cultural heritage values present in the project footprint, and the views and concerns of Aboriginal groups and people about the project.

In April 2021, the HumeLink project team sought interest from Aboriginal stakeholders who may have an interest in the project footprint and hold knowledge relevant to determining the cultural significance of Aboriginal objects and places within the project footprint. A public notice containing a brief project overview and inviting expressions of interest from the Aboriginal community was also placed in local newspapers.

The organisations or individuals who expressed an interest now form the Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs) for this project. All RAPs have received information about the scope of the proposed development and the cultural heritage assessment methodology. RAPs have also been invited to provide cultural information concerning Aboriginal objects and places within the project footprint.

RAPs have been actively involved in the cultural heritage field surveys for the project and their local knowledge has informed the assessment of potential impacts on heritage and appropriate mitigation measures. For more information about Aboriginal field work undertaken as part of HumeLink EIS please refer to the Heritage Test excavations fact sheet. 

As HumeLink progresses thorough its planning stage, the project team will continue to engage with Aboriginal organisations, groups and individuals to assess impacts to cultural values and seek feedback and contributions to the assessment of Aboriginal cultural heritage significance in the project area.

Contact us

  • Telephone: Toll-free phone number: 1800 317 367
  • Email: humelink@transgrid.com.au 
  • Mail: HumeLink Community Engagement Team, PO BOX A1000, Sydney South NSW 1235

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Underground Reports

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HumeLink

30 August 2023

Communities encouraged to respond to EIS for critical transmission project HumeLink

Landowners, community members and other stakeholders are encouraged to respond to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) published today for the HumeLink project.

Community

25 October 2022

Transgrid welcomes strategic payments for landowners hosting new transmission

Transgrid has welcomed the NSW Government’s Strategic Benefit Payments scheme for new major transmission projects, which will support the transition to renewable energy and the supply of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable electricity for consumers.

Energy Transition

17 August 2022

Australian Energy Regulator approves early works funding for HumeLink

Transmission infrastructure leader Transgrid has welcomed the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) approval of all of the requested funding for Stage 1 (early works) of the HumeLink Project.