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New environment conscious power supply to Logan

A new power line to strengthen the energy supply to Logan in Queensland has had conditions imposed on the construction to reduce the environmental impact.

The land that has been reserved for a sub-transmission line connecting Loganlea and Jimboomba has been carefully thought over with the environment and the community in mind, according to state energy minister Mark McArdle.

He explained: "These conditions will specifically ensure that work on the power line will be undertaken with best practice construction methods to mitigate social and environmental impacts".

The conditions include minimising the clearing of vegetation; trees close to the Logan River will be pruned rather than cut down. In addition to this, where riverside construction takes place a protection strategy must be put in place to protect the ecosystem.

Any poles and other developments must be installed so that there is minimal visual impact to the area.

The minister conceded there is opposition to the project but Logan customers need this development to sure up their energy supply when they pay for electricity prices.

He reasoned: "There are currently about 32,000 electricity customers in the Logan area at risk of power outages, with up to 9,000 customers at risk of remaining without electricity for up to eight hours if there is an outage of the existing line."