The site bound by Riley, Ann and Albion Streets Surry Hills will be developed as a new electricity substation as part of EnergyAustralia's CityGrid Project. I have made representations to the Minister for Energy raising residents' concerns about noise and air pollution from tunnelling as well as traffic and parking impacts.
The Deputy Director General of the Department of Industry and Investment responded to my representations stating there should not be vibrations or noise impacts for adjacent residents, due to the tunnel boring machine used and the depth of the tunnel. He says that the same technology did not cause impacts on residents adjacent the City West Tunnel.
EnergyAustralia will set up a Community Liaison Group to maintain communication during the several years of construction of a new City East Cable Tunnel linking a new substation with the CBD electricity grid. There will be further letterbox drops and public displays on the project.
According to the Government, an environmental assessment for the proposed substation will be exhibited in the second half of 2011.
Network expansions are not an environmentally or economically sustainable response to rising peak energy consumption. We need demand management measures like smart meters and local energy production like trigeneration, which forms part of the City of Sydney's Decentralised Energy Master Plan.