Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Colleen Hartland joins powerlines protest



"I'm joining the community in telling Powercor to use some of their
billions of dollars profit to put the powerlines underground", said
Colleen Hartland, Greens MLC for the Western Metropolitan Region.

"This is yet another community in the West who have a big proposal
lumped on them, that will have big impacts, and with inadequate

"If they can underground powerlines from Brunswick to the CBD, why
can't it happen here? The West deserves the same protection from
amenity and potential health impacts as do other areas".

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Protest at Powercor - 20th October

Powercor: do
the right thing  


At our recent community meeting residents voted unanimously for the undergrounding of
the proposed new high voltage powerlines through Ardeer and West Sunshine at NO cost to
our residents.

We need to tell Powercor that we are serious and encourage them to do the right thing for
the future of our children and the liveability of our suburb.

Where: Powercor office 742 Ballarat Road Ardeer
When: Wednesday 20th October

Time: 7:30am – 8:30am

What to bring: posters and banners

For further information or to help out with the campaign, call Geraldine on 93612693,  John on
93631090 or Larissa on 0429119559

Parks Not Powerpoles - Family Fun Day - Sunday November 7

Click on the following image to view our Family Fun Day flyer, and show your support at the Ardeer Community Park

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010


The AWSPAG formed earlier this year following the attempt by Powercor to construct new high voltage powerlines through our neighbourhood. Permission to install the power poles was given by Brimbank City Council in March 2010.
 Powercor/CitiPower entity, returned a $AU69.5 million profit last year and their parent company  Spark Infrastructure reporting an increase in total underlying income of 14.5% to $266.0 million.
This work will enable them to access a new customer base with renewable income and yet they say the cost of undergrounding this line is prohibitive and they will not do it.  The extra cost of undergrounding high voltage power lines is far less important than safeguarding the health of our children
Our community believes the lines should be placed underground for the following reasons:
• Epidemiological studies indicate that there is an association between EMF exposures of >0.4uT and childhood leukaemia. The economic cost of childhood leukaemia is estimated to be $1.5M per case (AIHW).
• According to the National Grid (UK) typical ground level field levels from a 66kV line range from 0.5-2 uT
• Ridgeway Pde kindergarten is 10m away from the base of these poles
• The poles are unsightly and obtrusive; residents now have 2 sets of power poles in their street
• Residents have lost trees which Ardeer can ill afford
• The new poles are 15m high while the houses are only 10m away and residents believe this is an unacceptable risk