Additional planned eagle nest surveys

May 15th, 2020

Category: News

TasNetworks is continuing to progress the proposed North West Tasmania transmission developments. As part of this we are undertaking aerial inspections to conduct additional eagle nest surveys in the vicinity of the proposed developments.Eagle nest surveys form a vital part of the environmental impact assessment for the North West Tasmania Transmission developments.In the week commencing 25 May 2020.

TasNetworks will undertake additional eagle nest surveys, involving an aerial inspection in the vicinity of:
Heybridge, Chasm Creek, Stowport, the Deloraine area, East Cam, West Mooreville, West Ridgley, Ridgley, Highclere and Hampshire. These are in addition to surveys carried out between 11 – 15 May.

Eagle nest surveys help to confirm existing Natural Values Atlas (NVA) nest location records and to identify any new nests within proximity of the easement.

Findings from the surveyed area will be used in route selection and design, in addition to planning for construction activities, to help mitigate impacts on eagles should the proposed North West Tasmania Transmission developments required to support Marinus Link proceed.

TasNetworks has engaged local ecologists and helicopter service providers to undertake the aerial inspection, who have expertise in undertaking natural values assessments, including eagle nest surveys. 

This survey work provides a welcome opportunity for TasNetworks to support local providers and businesses, and to engage with local communities in North West Tasmania during this challenging time of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It forms part of the critical early works needed to progress the proposed North West Tasmania transmission developments required to support Marinus Link and the implementation of TasNetworks’ North West Tasmania Strategic Transmission Plan. TasNetworks has received $56 million in federal funding to progress with this work.

These developments are part of supporting the significant jobs and investment opportunity in Tasmania from Marinus Link, the Battery of the Nation and the state’s world class wind resources.

Read more about the North West Tasmania transmission developments here.

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