CURRENT PROPOSED ROUTE:
Despite TasNetworks continued claims they practice good community engagement, and despite repeated requests from Loongana residents and landowners, we have not received information in a timely manner or adequate maps of the current route showing towers, easements, new tracks and access.
Fours years on and there are still landholders with towers and easements adjacent to their properties that have not heard from Tasnetworks.
TWEEKS TO THE ORIGINAL ROUTE (7/12/21)
Despite TasNetworks continued false claims they practice good community engagement, Loongana residents and landowners hear about a 'tweeked route' via the local media.
THE 'PINCH POINT':
The section where the line crossed the Leven River is the most controversial spot in the whole route.
TOO MUCH TO LOSE:
This is not action on climate when we are in a biodiversity and extinction crisis, nor is it green energy when the environment gets trashed.
Loongana Valley is home to high populations of threatened species, Tasmanian Devils, Eastern Quolls, Spotted-tail Quolls, giant freshwater crayfish among them. Over a dozen threatened species and veg communities will be directly impacted. There are three active wedge-tailed eagle nests, one within 150m of the line and wires cutting the flight path of six wedgies. Nesting hollows and habitat for endangered Masked Owls are also in the direct path. The entire Loongana Karst it's caves and springs are all downhill of the easements and new tracks. A pristine aquatic environment is critical to karst health yet the ongoing cumulative impacts from easements and new tracks risks the Central Coast headwaters and all river ecosystems downstream.