Large infrastructure projects, such as HumeLink, are developed and refined over several years as investigations and more detailed information, including feedback from community and landowners, inform the project development process.
Refinement of the corridor is an ongoing process as we work to determine the final 70m easement required for the transmission line. As more information is collected and assessed and more studies finalised, the project corridor is adjusted. We start with a broad area up to 5km wide and then slowly narrow the corridor based on ongoing technical assessments and feedback gathered during consultation with landowners and project stakeholders.
Within the study corridor area there are a range of options where the final easement could go and where the towers could be positioned. Landowner feedback on property-specific environmental and cultural considerations, local farming operations, logistics and land use are critical in helping determine the final corridor.
We will reach a final 70m wide easement at the end of this process.
Engaging with landowners on the route
In locations where we may need to build new lines on private land, we will consult directly with the impacted landowners. Landowners hold important information that is often not publicly available and your feedback on the study corridor helps us improve our design. We are committed to robust, transparent and effective community engagement on the HumeLink project.
Landowners, community members, local councils and interest groups have already been instrumental in providing local insights that are helping refine the HumeLink corridor. Along with technical and environmental assessments, your views contribute to our ongoing corridor analysis and refinement.
We appreciate that landowners located along the corridor, and particularly in areas where there has been no change or update in some time, want certainty as soon as possible. In the coming months we will begin talking to landowners about the narrowed 200m-wide corridor and, for those with an existing transmission line on their property, we will be sharing current design preferences for which side of the existing line HumeLink could parallel.
We will release the narrowed 200m-wide corridor for most areas in late 2021. Ongoing active investigation and consultation in the new corridors between Westwood and Gilmore, and through Tumut, will continue into 2022 to ensure we have time to and to gather input and feedback from landowners.
Thank you to everyone who has already taken the time to share their views, preferences and concerns. Further information on the Tumut options can be found in the September newsletter under more information below. To share your local knowledge, you can put your comments on the interactive project map.
Information for landowners on easements and compensation are available here.