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Lovell seeks funding to improve energy security for Strathbogie Shire residents.

Lovell seeks funding to improve energy security for Strathbogie Shire residents.

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to invest in energy supply security for residents in Strathbogie Shire.

Speaking during the adjournment debate in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell highlighted the ongoing blackouts experienced in Strathbogie due to just a single supply line of power into the municipality.

A single line of supply runs from Benalla to service the eastern part of Strathbogie and similarly just a single line from Seymour supplies communities in the western part of the shire.

In her contribution Ms Lovell said that blackouts heavily impact the Strathbogie retail and industry sectors, cause great inconvenience for residents and visitors and creates a considerable risk if they occur during natural disasters such as bushfires.

Ms Lovell said that Strathbogie Shire Council had been working with power supplier Ausnet who indicated that the installation of a second line from Seymour to Euroa would solve the shire’s energy security issues at a cost of approximately $20m.

Ms Lovell sought an undertaking from the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio to work with Strathbogie Shire Council on the issue and contribute funding toward the installation of a second electricity line that will ensure energy security for all Strathbogie Shire residents.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“Strathbogie Shire Council is committed to the continued development of the municipality but a major hindrance to its future prosperity is the insecure supply of energy into the municipality.

“The council does not have the rate base to be financially able to install the second supply line required to deliver energy security to residents and I call on the Minister to contribute funding to help install this badly needed infrastructure.”

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly         0413 103 240

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