Ballarat Mayor blasts Powercor following substation meeting

February 5, 2024 9:16 am in by
Artist impression of Ballarat East substation. Photo: Powercor

The Mayor of Ballarat has described last Monday’s meeting with Powercor to discuss alternate substation sites as ‘disingenuous’.

Despite strong community opposition, the estimated $52 million station is set to be built amongst homes in York Street, Ballarat East.

The morning after the meeting, Powercor released a media statement saying two proposed sites at Mitchell Park and the Ballarat Saleyards would be too costly, due to several extra kilometres of powerlines and extra infrastructure.

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Councillor Des Hudson says it appears they had a media release ready to go, despite a community meeting.

“I understand the numbers and everything else, but to go through the process and bring people out when you’ve got a media release in your back pocket ready to go, I think it’s a bit disingenuous.”

A spokesperson from Powercor said the reason the utility looked at those two sites was because those were the sites council put forward.