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Land access for field surveys is key to finding the best path for VNI West

Transmission Company Victoria (TCV) is carrying out field surveys across the VNI West draft corridor. This work is important and builds our understanding of environmental considerations such as flora and fauna and geological features in the area. We will apply the findings along with feedback from landholders and the community to help identify the route for transmission that minimises impacts to people, farming and the environment.

Studies started in October last year and include non-invasive ground investigations and site walkovers to identify key wildlife habitat and vegetation, as well as drilling small boreholes to determine ground and soil conditions. Surveys to date have mainly been carried out on public land, with the permission of relevant authorities.

In the next 12-18 months, TCV will carry out a range of more detailed technical studies including bushfire, cultural heritage and environmental assessments, as part of the rigorous planning and approvals process for the project.

If we need to access private property, we will request consent from landholders. We will respect any biosecurity measures and follow farm rules, documented in a formal land access agreement with the property owner. TCV understands that we will cause some inconvenience. In recognition of this, landholders who enter a land access agreement for survey work will receive $10,000 in payment (over 2 years).

A land access agreement is for survey works only. If a landholder signs a land access agreement, that is not an agreement to have infrastructure on their property or allow construction or other works.

Information on upcoming field surveys and assessments is available on the TCV website and will be updated regularly.

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