North shore cable upgrade project

 similar cable projects in the area

Ausgrid has installed new 132,000 Volt underground electricity cables along two routes: East Lindfield to Castle Cove and East Lindfield to Artarmon to supply power to our electricity network across the north shore.

Project need

Following public exhibition of the environmental assessments (Reviews of Environmental Factors or REFs) in early 2014 and consideration of community comments, Ausgrid approved the project for construction.

Cable installation is now complete and the cables are in service. .

All work along the streets is now complete. This includes the reinstatement of roads,  footpaths and other affected areas.

Project planning overview

Planning a cable route can take a number of  years. There are a number of considerations as we plan cable routes. These include:

  • public health and safety
  • availability of space around existing underground utility services
  • environmental impacts
  • cost (minimising the impact on electricity bills)
  • technical feasibility
  • traffic considerations.

Project status

Following public exhibition of the environmental assessments (Reviews of Environmental Factors or REFs) in early 2014 and consideration of community comments, Ausgrid approved the project for construction.

Cable installation is now complete and the cables are now in service. 

Reinstatement of roads, footpaths and other affected areas is also complete.

Project approval process

Ausgrid is responsible for assessing and approving works under the North Shore cable upgrade project. This process has included preparation of an environmental assessment (Review of Environmental Factors or REF) for each cable route, which includes a range of specialist studies and input from the community, councils and other authorities.The REFs conclude that the proposed works would not significantly affect the environment. Following public exhibition of the REFs in early 2014 and consideration of community comments, Ausgrid approved the project for construction.

Community consultation

The consultation process has involved Ausgrid presenting a proposed route and construction process to allow the community to comment and provide feedback for consideration by Ausgrid in preparing its detailed plans. The feedback that we have received during community displays, door knocks, home visits, submissions and by community members contacting us has been a valuable part of the project assessment process.

The project's environmental assessments (Reviews of Environmental Factors or REFs) were placed on public exhibition in February 2014 and interested members of the community were invited to review and provide comments for consideration by Ausgrid. The submission reports for each REF are available (see links at right).

The two main areas of interest in the project during the planning stage relate to electric and magnetic fields (EMF) and Ausgrid's initial plans to lay cables through a section of bushland in Artarmon Reserve. Ausgrid has made a number of changes to the plans to address community comments and concerns.  As outlined in the REFs, community input has resulted in the further reduction of electric and magnetic fields from the new cables and the avoidance of the remnant bush land in Artarmon Reserve.

Ausgrid welcomes community feedback at any time to help us reduce the impact of our work as much as possible.