Brodie Bott

Power supply set for boost

THE Mullumbimby to Lismore power network is set to benefit from a $70 million upgrade.

Energy Minister John Robertson announced yesterday that approval had been given for the upgrade, ensuring projected electricity demands would be met on the Far North Coast over the next 20 to 25 years.

The five-year project includes construction of a new zone substation at Suffolk Park, plans for a new substation near Brunswick Heads while the line will be upgraded from 66 kilovolts (kV) to 132kV.

“Existing zone substations at Mullumbimby, Lennox Head, Ballina and Lismore and some major powerlines will also be upgraded to increase power supply capacity,” Mr Robertson said.

“This massive investment in the local electricity network will secure power supply for the area and provide increased capacity to meet future demand in one of Australia's fastest growing regions for at least the next 25 years.”

Mr Robertson said once completed, the Lismore to Mullumbimby network upgrade would enable power supply to be restored more quickly during unplanned interruptions.

He said detailed environmental and social studies, which included extensive consultation with landowners and other interested community members, have been carried out and feedback sought.

The upgrade is part of NSW Government's almost $4 billion network investment program set to be rolled out over the next five years.

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