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Hunter Transmission Project

EnergyCo is committed to genuine community engagement

That means working closely with all stakeholders to minimise the impacts of the HTP on people and the environment and to maximise the benefits of the project for the Hunter community.

We're talking to affected individuals and groups. We value their opinions and try to address their concerns.

We're engaging with the local Aboriginal community to make sure the HTP doesn’t affect any sensitive cultural areas.

We're consulting with environment groups to minimise impacts on endangered ecological communities and threatened species, and to deliver strategic offsets that improve biodiversity values in the Hunter.

We're also seeking input from recreation groups, making every effort to align or realign the transmission line to minimise any disruption to recreation activities in the State forests.

With the community’s help, we want to get the details right as we continue to refine the project during 2024 ahead of its environmental impact assessment.

Significant dates
Late 2023Seek community feedback on the HTP preliminary corridor
May 2024Present revised corridor to the community and start environmental assessment process
During 2024Develop detailed HTP design, assess impacts and prepare environmental impact statement (EIS)
Mid 2024Report back to the community for mid-year project update
Late 2024Public exhibition of the EIS
Early 2025Publish report on community feedback received on the EIS
Mid to late 2025Ministers make final decisions
2026Start construction

Working with potentially affected landholders

We have a dedicated local team available to work with potentially affected landowners. We’re available to meet, provide information and support, and answer questions. 

We are talking with landowners to understand how land is used and identify other possible property impacts or concerns. This will inform potential improvements to the design of the project. This could include avoiding dwellings and high value land, minimising fragmentation of blocks, limiting construction access and other amenity issues.

Read more about support for landowners

Read more about land and easement acquisition and compensation

Hunter first to maximise benefits for our community

In addition to providing clean and reliable electricity, the HTP will support economic growth in the Hunter to leave a positive legacy.

We’ll harness and build on the region’s diverse economic skill base and provide opportunities for the Hunter community to share in the benefits of the project. That means:

  • working with councils and the community to fund local projects
  • providing strategic benefit payments to private landowners hosting transmission infrastructure on top of any compensation for easements
  • increasing income and employment opportunities for local Aboriginal communities in line with the First Nations Guidelines
  • employing as many locals as possible
  • prioritising the purchase of goods and services from Hunter businesses
  • creating education and training opportunities for the local community
  • delivering strategic offsets to improve biodiversity values in the region
  • enhancing recreational facilities in the state forests.

These initiatives will take a Hunter first approach with suggestions from the community.

Time to work through the detail

We’re still in the planning stages of the project and will continue working through the details during 2024.

That means taking the time to work with affected landowners, local communities, Aboriginal groups and other key stakeholders to identify and address concerns, and to create a positive legacy.

We have a local team who’ll be out in the community to answer questions and understand concerns.

We use online and in-person engagement methods so you can participate at a time that is convenient for you.

Hunter Transmission Project regional reference group

A regional reference group for the HTP held its first meeting on 5 February 2024.

Read more about the regional reference group.

Learn more

Community members were invited to have their say on the HTP preliminary corridor until 18 Dec

Back to the Hunter Transmission Project overview

A list of questions and answers about the HTP

More resources about the Hunter Transmission Project

About the HTP regional reference group

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Hunter Transmission Project or would like to provide feedback, please contact us.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 1800 645 972 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)

You can also register for email updates here