Sun Cable is progressing development of the Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink). An updated factsheet on this project is available here:
TN_Suncable_4pg Community Information Factsheet_Sept21.pdf
A key activity being undertaken is the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS); which includes a Social Impact Assessment (SIA). Sun Cable has engaged True North Strategic Communication to conduct the SIA, with Dr Jane Munday appointed to manage this scope.
To support the completion of these studies, Sun Cable and True North will be consulting with key stakeholders to understand the opportunities and impacts associated with the development of the AAPowerLink. Feedback will help to inform the planning and design of the project.
True North will be arranging briefings and community information sessions in Darwin, Litchfield, Tennant Creek, Elliott and communities along the overhead transmission line. A schedule for the greater Darwin region information sessions is available below. The other locations are being scheduled for October.
AAPowerLink - Darwin community information sessions.pdf
Sun Cable are targeting submission of the EIS to the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) for public exhibition in early 2022. The NT EPA process will include an opportunity for stakeholder and community comments. The NT EPA will then make a determination on the development proposal, which will be subject to ministerial approval.
By way of background, Sun Cable self referred the AAPowerLink project to the NT-EPA in October 2020 and proceeded to an EIS. Subsequently, a variation was lodged in August 2021 to support the relocation of the proposed Darwin based infrastructure from Middle Arm to Murrumujuk. These documents and the Terms of Reference for the EIS are available at the link below:
Source: Sun Cable