The SunCoast project is a $86.7 million 132kV power upgrade that was approved in April 2011 following a Community Infrastructure Designation (CID) process.

The project will support planned Sunshine Coast infrastructure investment and subsequent jobs they will create such as SunCentral, expanded airport, University Hospital, Bli Bli precinct and major residential developments such as Aura (Caloundra South) and Harmony (at Palmview).

Where: Palmwoods, Kunda Park, Chevallum, West Maroochydore

Project reference number: To be confirmed.

Status: Preliminary construction tasks and engagement with directly affected landholders will soon commence on the Palmwoods to West Maroochydore phase. SunCoast project’s scope has been optimised to meet immediate electricity requirements and consequently Energex will not be proceeding with the Pacific Paradise leg of the initially proposed upgrade and will reassess its requirement in the future.

Project need

We have now reached a point on the southern end of the Sunshine Coast where the existing infrastructure is nearing capacity and the region has a number of major projects coming online, including SunCentral CBD, the airport extension and more than 60,000 additional residents to be living in master-planned estates such as Aura at Caloundra South and Harmony at Palmview.

This combined with the region’s record electricity load experienced in January 2017 is further driving the need to secure the Sunshine Coast’s current and near future’s power security. As such, the additional infrastructure will allow us to manage that load without risking supply to the region.

Once complete this project will ensure the Sunshine Coast has the power required to support current and future investment and jobs and benefit more than 100,000 Sunshine Coast homes and businesses by increasing network security and providing more power restoration options during interruptions caused by severe weather and other unforeseen events.

Project design

The project consists of approximately 16.8 kilometres of 132,000 volt (132kV) double circuit powerline from the existing Palmwoods Substation to the recently upgraded West Maroochydore Substation on Jones Rd.

The project will be constructed on existing designated 40 metre wide easements and in places run parallel with existing powerlines.

Location map

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Proposed map of the SunCoast powerline project from West Maroochydore to Palmwoods

Project approvals

We obtained Community Infrastructure Designation (see under Community Publications) approval from the State Government for the SunCoast Power project in April 2011.

In keeping with requirements of the approval process, and Environmental Impact Statement (see under Community Publications) was submitted outlining our environmental processes and procedures. This included our Environmental Management Plan, which includes site specific environmental work plans, a detailed acid sulphate soil management plan and details on permit requirements.

As with all of our major projects, will continue working with directly-affected landholders and other community stakeholders to ensure this any impacts from this phase of the project are minimised.

Community involvement

Energex has worked with the community, government and independent consultants to plan and investigate the preferred corridor, and ultimately the chosen route, for the SunCoast Power Project, taking into account environmental and community impacts.

A key component of the consultation was the SunCoast Community Reference Panel, which included elected representatives, environment groups, progress and sporting associations. These community representatives acted as a community ‘voice’ providing feedback during the consultation phase of this project.

As part of our Environmental offset program, we will continue to restore and maintain the London Creek Offset site. More than 27,000 trees have already been planted at the site, which is one of 19 offset sites we are currently maintaining.

Contact us

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Phone: 13 12 53