Avoca residents Ken Schmidt and Peter Ashmore, with son Kahn, are representative of hundreds of locals who signed a petition opposing a power substation, earmarked to be built in nearby scrubland. sub0402a
Avoca residents Ken Schmidt and Peter Ashmore, with son Kahn, are representative of hundreds of locals who signed a petition opposing a power substation, earmarked to be built in nearby scrubland. sub0402a

Petition aims to stop substation

TROPICANA residents will keep fighting after a petition to stop a power substation being built was handed to Bundaberg Regional Council on Tuesday.

Resident Peter Ashmore organised the petition and said residents had been unhappy with the proposal since it was made public at the end of November.

“We had about 320 signatures saying that they don’t want the substation in the residential area,” he said.

The petition requested council renegotiate with Ergon Energy for a new site for the station.

The land proposed for the station, on the corner of Cummins Road and Doblo Street, was previously owned by the Department of Environmental Resource Management and was held in trust by Bundaberg Regional Council.

“What we are trying to do is stress to council we are not happy they released the land when it was in a residential area,” Mr Ashmore said.

A letter from Energy Minister Stephen Robertson said the site had been settled on “following extensive assessment” because it was considered “the most appropriate site in terms of delivering the required supply capacity increase while minimising community impacts”.

Ergon Energy spokesman Rod Rehbein said he was aware community members were not supportive of the power station, but the company would continue to work with residents.

“The last version of the petition we saw had about 250 signatures and we noticed a number were from outside the immediate area,” he said.

Bundaberg regional councillor David Batt said the council had been in contact with Ergon.

“The public has another chance to have their voice heard as a part of the public approvals process,” Cr Batt said.



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