Clinton Jurd – the then Senior Environmental Specialist at Endeavour Energy – developed numerous reviews of environmental factors (REF) and summary environmental reports (SER) to assess the various projects. Each assessment included the potential impacts to flora & fauna, heritage and archaeology, noise, visual amenity, traffic, and bushfire.
Effective stakeholder consultation was critical to ensure the success of the renewal program. The powerlines and access tracks crossed many remote rural properties, meaning there were lots of stakeholders to identify and engage with.
Clinton worked successfully with network designers, assessment specialists, and property owners and managers to avoid impacts in sensitive areas identified by the assessments. This included avoided impacting Aboriginal heritage sites, avoiding protected plants and animals, and minimising disturbance and inconvenience to stock on rural properties.
The renewal project consistently proceeded to construction and operation in a timely manner due to the collaborative and responsive assessment approach, that minimised environmental impacts, and identified sustainable outcomes.