Local MP says VNI-West must go back to the drawing board

March 6, 2024 6:36 am in by

Victorian Labor’s attempt to again reboot consultation on transmission lines is an admission consultation has failed abysmally on VNI-West, Member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster says.

The Allan Labor Government has introduced a Bill to establish VicGrid, claiming the new brand will ‘modernise the way new energy infrastructure is planned and developed in Victoria while giving communities a voice in the process’.

“VNI-West needs to go back to the drawing board. Mallee families should have been properly heard and respected all along, but they have been railroaded through shambolic Clayton’s consultations by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), then AEMO’s shell Transmission Company Victoria (TCV).”

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Dr Webster said Australian Energy Infrastructure Commissioner Andrew Dyer’s review report on community engagement condemned the failures.

92 per cent of respondents were dissatisfied at the level of engagement from renewable energy project developers and more than 90 per cent told Commissioner Dyer they were dissatisfied with the information they received or felt unconvinced that their concerns would be resolved.