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Shire joins power trip

MOYNE Shire has thrown its support behind a push for improvements to the south-west’s electricity infrastructure.
Nanjing Night Net

The Wannon branch ofUnited Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) is leading the charge to upgrade the state’s low-capacity single-phase powerlines to three-phase power line, which are necessary to operate high-output machinery such aslarge-scale dairies.

UDV policy councillor Oonagh Kilpatrick and vice-president Bruce Knowles made a presentation to Moyne Shire on Tuesday night andrequesteda letter from the council demonstrating their support for the campaign.

POWER SOURCE: UDV representatives Bruce Knowles (left) and Oonagh Kilpatrick are leading the charge for three-phase power.

Mr Knowles, who is also a Tyrendarra dairy farmer, said he had been told it would cost him $1.5 million to connect his dairy to the nearby three-phase power line.

The council unanimously agreedto conduct their own letter-writing campaign and “to work in partnership with (the UDV) to investigate possible funding sources”.

The council will express its support for the UDV’sthree-phase power campaign by writing letters to Premier Daniel Andrews, state Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford, state Small Business Minister Philip Dalidakis, and members forWestern Victoria Gayle Tierney, James Purcelland Simon Ramsay.

Cr Jill Parkerput forward the motion for council to get behind the UDVcampaign andsaid it was an important matter for the shire.

“The majority of the shire is dependent on agriculture and agriculture-related business,” Cr Parker said.

“If there’s insufficient power it’s very hard to expand the economic development of the region.”

Cr Jim Doukas said Moyne Shire needed to join forces withother south-west councils andlobby the state government.

Cr Ralph Leutton said the cost of converting the state’s rural power supply to three-phase “may be horrific”.

But he said it needed to happen.

“We’ve been looking at the NBN and we don’t even have a proper power supply to our farming businesses,” Cr Leuttonsaid.

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