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New details of a controversial proposal have been published to construct a powerline network across a 200-kilometer stretch of western Victoria.

AusNet, which is developing a Western Victoria Transmission Network Project to link renewable energy sources near Stawell to a power station in Sydenham, on the outskirts of Melbourne, has published a map showing the corridors where the power lines will go.

Stephanie McGregor, the company’s executive project manager, said the route between Ballarat and the wind farm offered just one alternative, but there were several routes under consideration between Ballarat and Melbourne.

“There’s a single corridor running from Bulgana down to Waubra station, but then from Waubra through to Sydenham we have a number of alternatives within the area of interest,” she said.

Ms McGregor said previous community input had played a role in the implementation of the new strategy, and substantial consultation will also be included in the next step.

In the course of the proposed route, three community advisory groups will be formed and drop-in input sessions will be advertised over the next few weeks.

“The hope is that we will be running those face-to-face, allowing for the fact that if pandemic restrictions apply we’ll have to come up with some alternative options,” she said.

The company has said it expects the path for the project to be finalized halfway through this year.

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