Northern Telecommunications Link

​The Northern Telecommunications Link Project involved setting up six new telecommunications sites to connect communication systems between TransGrid’s Dumaresq Switching Station near Dumaresq Valley through to an existing telecommunications pole on Parrots Nest Road in South Gundurimba.

  • ​Why is the project needed?

    As part of TransGrid’s responsibility to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the network, TransGrid uses remote communication technologies, which operate, protect and gather data from substations, equipment and transmission lines.

    In establishing the communication links, TransGrid must follow regulations set by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to maintain telecommunications that will ensure reliability of supply.

    To ensure it meets the required regulations TransGrid needs to establish the Northern Communications Link as soon as practicable. The northern link will play a vital role in ensuring reliability of supply by creating a backup link between Dumaresq and South Gundurimba and will complete TransGrid’s communication link.

  • ​What does the project involve?

    The project will involve setting up six telecommunications sites. The telecommunication sites need to link from TransGrid’s Dumaresq Switching Station near Dumaresq Valley through to an existing telecommunications pole in South Gundurimba.

    The new structures are planned for the following locations:

    Dumaresq Switching StationBuild a new 60m tower
    Mount HallamBuild a new 35m pole and associated telecommunications shelter
    Mount MackenzieInstall antennae on existing Telstra tower and build a new telecommunications shelter
    Girard State ForestBuild a new 35m pole and associated telecommunications shelter
    Simpkins Creek
    (Richmond Range Road)
    Build a new 15m pole and associated telecommunications shelter
    Parrots NestInstall antennae on existing pole
  • ​What are the benefits?

    The new telecommunication link will meet regulatory requirements set by the Australian Energy Market Operator and ensure TransGrid’s commitment to provide reliable electricity supply to Northern NSW.

    This new link will ensure there is an effective back-up system should one communications site be unable to operate.

  • ​What happens next?

    TransGrid has recently appointed a contractor to carry out design and construction for this project.

    Construction will take place over the next 12 months. The construction process involves a number of stages including laying foundations, setting up equipment shelters, the installation of poles and remediation work.

  • ​How will this affect me?

    Rural residents who live near the sites are likely to see our contractors on site over the next 12 months.

    The construction activity is expected to be low impact.

  • ​How can I get more information?

    You can contact our Community Engagement team on 1800 222 537 or community@transgrid.com.au.

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