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To select new transmission line routes or substation sites, Powerlink uses comprehensive processes which carefully assess social, economic and environmental factors such as existing and future land use, the location of homes, flora and fauna, existing electricity infrastructure corridors, industrial development and topography.

Where Powerlink is responsible for the planning and development of major transmission infrastructure projects, we generally follow the Infrastructure Designation process in accordance with the Queensland Government’s Planning Act 2016. Powerlink works closely with the government department responsible for administering the designation process as outlined in the attached PDF.

Alternative approval pathways may be followed (for example development application) where a customer assumes responsibility for the planning and development of transmission infrastructure.