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VETO is a community organisation committed to preventing ENERGEX from turning the already fragile Logan River valley into a power line easement, clearing 42.5 hectares of Logan koala habitat, and destroying the amenity and property values of local residents.   

Our position on the ENERGEX proposed Loganlea to Jimboomba 110kV powerline is:-

"The FIAR [Energex Final Interim Assessment Report proposal] is in contradiction to key planning and legislative documents, carries out a damaging environmental precedent through incompatible land use and in no way represents best practice in environmental, social and cultural standards expected in Australia in the 21st Century. Where other viable options exist, a project with as many fundamental flaws in policy, application and public opinion should not be considered."
Extract from VETO Submission to Energex FIAR July 2010 (p5)   Read more...> pdf_64  (14.7 MB) verify


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Boring machine used to create the power pole base [ref FIAR 16-4]. How can this construction be considered low impact ?

Typical 110kV single circuit
concrete power pole

Example of a concrete power pole affected by severe weather (Moranbah 2008), yes these poles can fall over !

This website is intended to provide information for local residents and anyone interested in the issues, especially those who want a better outcome for our community than what is being proposed by Energex.  We need to protect the Logan River bioregional corridor and Koala habitat for current and future generations.

Don't think you can't do anything about it - THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE .....GET INVOLVED TODAY!
VETO Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month,  7pm at the Community Hall, 66 Kenny Road, Chambers Flat

Minister McArdle approves "Gold Plating" by Energex

Queensland Minister McArdle’s approval of the second Loganlea to Jimboomba 110kV powerline allows Energex to continue to “Gold Plate” their network with more “poles & wires” when other Alternatives are available.

As shown in the network diagram (right), Jimboomba and Beaudesert consumers are supplied by the existing 110kV powerline (F820) from the Loganlea Powerlink substation (SSLGL). If F820 fails, back-up is provided via the existing 33kV powerline from Browns Plains via North McLean (F479) and the existing 33kV powerline from Beenleigh via Logan Village (F470) in addition to supply for Beaudesert consumers from Generators at Bromelton.

The Oakley-Greenwood Report used to justify the second Loganlea to Jimboomba 110kV powerline forecasts (Table 14, p23) show that if the existing 110kV powerline (F820) suffers an outage, the existing 33kV network plus Bromelton generators capacity (103 MVA) is sufficient to support existing customers even during peak load conditions, till the summer of 2015/16 (peak load is the worst case, but only occurs on average 40 hours or 1.7 days per year).

Rather than more costly "poles & wires", improved Network Management combined with deployment of Mobile Generators to cover supply outage gaps, was recommended by the Somerville ENCP 2011 Report in Dec 2011.

existing network

30yr strategic directions-figure 8

Even Minister McArdle’s recently released 30-year electricity strategy Directions paper shows in Figure 8 (left) that network “poles and wires” costs, have doubled over the past six years and “account for over half of an average residential electricity bill.”

If there was willingness to work with our community, there is still time to consider lower impact and lower cost Alternatives, but Minister McArdle appears more willing to support Energex and increase consumer costs, rather than honour his government’s pre-election commitment to an open review of Alternatives to avoid the impacts of another overhead powerline through our Community.

Provision of the proposed second Loganlea to Jimboomba 110kV powerline means that Jimboomba substation will be supplied by 4 powerlines.  Clearly a case of “gold plating” with Energex overlooking Alternatives in favour of more “poles and wires”, with an obvious preference for a new and expanded easement through predominently private residential properties rather than road easements or other lower cost Alternatives.

The Oakley-Greenwood (OGW) Report identified that even if this second Loganlea to Jimboomba 110kV powerline is built, a local 275/110kV substation will still be required (OGW p51).

The Oakley-Greenwood Report also identified issues with Energex’s planning process with the following statements:-

  •  in our opinion, the 275/110kV substation should have been properly considered together with the 110kV line options as part of the Project Approval Report (PAR) process” (OGW p4).
  • The PAR identified options for a second 110kV feeder.. but did not include a Powerlink 275/110kV substation, despite the proximity of the 275kV network.” (OGW p8).
  • There is no evidence to suggest that a detailed joint study was undertaken between Energex and Powerlink to confirm at the time that this 110kV line to Jimboomba was a more economic solution than a 275/110kV substation.” (OGW p51)

What this highlights is that if genuine consideration of a substation at the existing Powerlink 68 ha site at Greenbank had been included in the initial planning, then this substation could have been more cost effective than the second Loganlea to Jimboomba 110kV powerline.

In fact, based on costs provided in the Oakley-Greenwood Report (p27 & p29) it is clear that a substation at Greenbank with a direct link via the Powerlink easement and main roads to Jimboomba could be constructed for less than the disclosed cost of the second Loganlea to Jimboomba 110kV powerline. A substation at Greenbank located within the Greater Flagstone growth area (as shown in the next article – 'Obvious Alternative') would also provide cost effective options to support growth in Greenbank, North McLean, Springfield, Flagstone, Jimboomba, Yarrabilba, Beaudesert and Bromelton.

Without a local substation, Oakley-Greenwood recommends the powerline at a disclosed cost of $43.5M, but states that a local substation will be required before 2029. If a substation was provisioned first, this second Loganlea to Jimboomba 110kV powerline would not be required, avoiding the high impacts of this proposed powerline and the $43.5M+ cost for consumers.