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VETO is a community organisation committed to preventing ENERGEX from turning the already fragile Logan River valley into a power line easement, clearing 42.5 hectares of Logan koala habitat, and destroying the amenity and property values of local residents.   

Our position on the ENERGEX proposed Loganlea to Jimboomba 110kV powerline is:-

"The FIAR [Energex Final Interim Assessment Report proposal] is in contradiction to key planning and legislative documents, carries out a damaging environmental precedent through incompatible land use and in no way represents best practice in environmental, social and cultural standards expected in Australia in the 21st Century. Where other viable options exist, a project with as many fundamental flaws in policy, application and public opinion should not be considered."
Extract from VETO Submission to Energex FIAR July 2010 (p5)   Read more...> pdf_64  (14.7 MB) verify

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Boring machine used to create the power pole base [ref FIAR 16-4]. How can this construction be considered low impact ?

Typical 110kV single circuit
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Example of a concrete power pole affected by severe weather (Moranbah 2008), yes these poles can fall over !

This website is intended to provide information for local residents and anyone interested in the issues, especially those who want a better outcome for our community than what is being proposed by Energex.  We need to protect the Logan River bioregional corridor and Koala habitat for current and future generations.

Don't think you can't do anything about it - THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE .....GET INVOLVED TODAY!
  
CONTACT US OR COME TO OUR MEETINGS, THERE IS ALWAYS A WARM WELCOME 
VETO Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month,  7pm at the Community Hall, 66 Kenny Road, Chambers Flat
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Logan Sold Down the River by Queensland LNP Government

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Contrary to Energex's scare mongering in the article above, 32,000 customers in Logan are NOT at risk of power outages. The truth is, customers are supplied by the existing F820 110kV powerline with back-up during an outage via the existing 33kV network. (read more in "Gold Plating" article below)  

On the afternoon of Wednesday 28 November 2012, Queensland's Energy & Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle called Pam Parker, Mayor of Logan City Council (LCC) into his office. Our Council and Community expected good news after fighting Energex's proposal for the second Loganlea to Jimboomba 110kV powerline for 4 years and reassurance's from Minister McArdle that he had an "open mind". There is widespread opposition to this powerline along the Logan River, with the proposed 40m cleared easement and 5 crossings within 6kms, the 42.5 ha of koala habitat to be cleared and the impacts to more than 70 residential properties as 60% of this powerline will be through private properties.

The anticipated good news, was short lived. Minister McArdle's office despatched a Media Release advising he had approved the powerline, before our Mayor arrived. Our four LNP MPs in Electorates directly affected by the powerline, were caught short and equally shocked, especially as they had committed to support a full and open Review of Alternatives , prior to Queensland’s March 2012 State Election.

Minister McArdle justified his decision with an Oakley-Greenwood Report prepared last year for the previous Labor Government. But this narrow review only compared the powerline against a totally new substation at Yarrabilba. This Oakley-Greenwood Report was also kept secret from LCC and VETO until after the Minister announced his decision. Is this fair?

It was obvious in October 2011 that the scope of the 2011 Oakley-Greenwood Review was narrow and Energex escalated costs for the Yarrabilba site to make this proposal non-viable. That's why we obtained commitments from the incoming LNP Government for a full and open Review. We’re shocked by this broken commitment. Especially within the current National debate, we expected lower impact, lower cost Alternatives to be assessed, NOT more “Poles and Wires”. However, we now have access to information in the Oakley-Greenwood Report, kept from us by Energex. This will enable us to continue fighting for directly affected residents and the well-being of our broader Logan Country community.

Recent Media articles:- (click on images to enlarge)

Decision Stuns VETO

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MPs fall into line

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Letter to Editor

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JT Editorial 5Dec12
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Mayor Looks at Options

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Protest Draws Support

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