|EIS status||'Significant project' declaration repealed by Coordinator-General.|
|Description||A 720-kilometre alternating current transmission line with the capacity to transfer 400-500 megawatts of electricity to and from the North West Queensland electricity supply system and the National Electricity Market.|
|Proponent||CopperString Pty Ltd (a special purpose vehicle jointly established by Leighton Contractors Ltd and CuString Pty Ltd).|
|Location/s||The transmission line would run from a new substation near Woodstock, south of Townsville, to a new substation south west of Cloncurry. The line would then diverge west to Mount Isa and to major energy users in the North West Queensland Minerals Province.|
* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.
Environmental impact statement (EIS) process
|25 September 2012||'Significant project' declaration repealed by Coordinator-General.|
|26 September 2011 to
24 October 2011
|Public consultation on supplementary EIS (SEIS).|
|17 June 2011||Review of Corridor Route Selection Report ( 219 KB) released.|
|11 December 2010 to
7 February 2011
|Public consultation on EIS|
|29 October 2010||Terms of reference for EIS ( 721 KB) released.|
|4 September 2010 to
4 October 2010
|Public consultation on draft terms of reference for EIS.|
|19 August 2010||Project deemed a controlled action by Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.|
|19 July 2010||Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.|
|18 June 2010||Gazettal of 'significant project' declaration ( 41 KB)|
|17 May 2010||Application, including initial advice statement ( 978 KB), submitted.|
Review of route selection
During public consultation on the EIS, a number of landholders objected to the alignment of a 100-kilometre section of the transmission-line route.
The section - which came to be known as the Costello to Landsberg Alignment - lies between the properties of PM Costello and RG & JM Landsberg.
Broadly, the landholders were concerned that:
- the transmission-line route was incompatible with existing and envisaged agricultural land uses
- they were not properly consulted on the alignment of the route
In response, the Coordinator-General ordered a review of the route selection process and methodology.
Consultants Golder Associates conducted the review, which looked at:
- terms of reference for the EIS
- route selection process and methodology, including a comparison with the process and methodology recently used by Powerlink Queensland to select a transmission-line route
- transmission line's potential impacts on land-use practices
- consultation conducted during the route selection process.
The review report concluded that:
- the route selection report compiled by consultants Resource and Land Management Services could have been structured more clearly
- overall, the route selection process and methodology were valid, using reasonable criteria for route selection
- extensive consultation was undertaken, including with all the landholders along the Costello to Landsberg Alignment.