TransGrid is proposing to construct a steel or concrete radio repeater pole, (approximately 45 metres in height) at the existing Broken Hill substation, located off Pinnacles Road, Broken Hill, NSW. Once installed, communications equipment including two Yagi antennas (2 metres in length) and a lightning mast (5 metres in length) would be attached to the radio repeater pole.
Figure 1: Locality Map
Figure 2: Site Layout
Figure 3: Indicative Radio Repeater Pole
The project is needed to improve the strength and reliability of electricity supply in the far south-west region of NSW. Specifically, this requires a robust communications connection between Red Cliffs, Buronga and Broken Hill substations. There is an obligation under the Electricity Supply Act 1995 for electricity network operators such as TransGrid to provide appropriate maintenance of electricity facilities and to respond efficiently to emergencies. The installation of the radio repeater pole would assist in meeting these requirements through the increased ability to monitor and protect transmission assets in the region.
TransGrid prepared a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) under Part 5 of the
Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, which was made available for public and stakeholder comment from 16 October, 2017 to 13 November, 2017.
TransGrid has now determined the project. The REF, Submissions Report and Decision Statement can be viewed via the links below.
TransGrid anticipates construction works will commence in January 2018 and conclude in the first quarter of 2018.
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