Camellia to Lidcombe power line project

 Photo of Percy Street

Ausgrid is planning to install new 33,000 Volt powerlines from the Camellia substation in Rosehill to the Auburn and Lidcombe substations. 

Project overview

New overhead powerlines are currently being installed for the section between Auburn and Lidcombe substations. This route passes through primarily industrial areas in Lidcombe and under the main western rail line at Percy Street. 

While options are continuing to be considered for the section between the Camellia and Auburn substations, Ausgrid's proposed route is mainly through industrial areas, crossing Duck Creek and the existing M4 Western Motorway by following the Duck River Cycleway. 

More information on the preferred route can be found in the most recent community newsletter which can be viewed via the link on the right hand side of this page. 

Project need

Underground cables of the same voltage currently provide the main power supply into these areas from Homebush. Most of these cables are now approaching the end of their service life. Ausgrid is planning to replace them to ensure we continue to provide a safe and reliable power supply to Auburn, Lidcombe and the surrounding areas.

Planning the new overhead power line route

Ausgrid has considered a range of options before proposing the new power lines. The following factors have been considered during the early planning process to prepare a proposed route. 

These include:

  • community impacts, including traffic impacts
  • availability around existing utility services
  • environmental and heritage impacts
  • cost (minimising the impact on electricity bills)
  • technical feasibility.

Community engagement

Ausgrid started planning the project last year and our first newsletter in August 2016 provided information about our planned approach to replace the ageing cables. We also visited local residents, businesses, community facilities and councils to receive feedback on design options. A summary of the community engagement so far, including the feedback received can be viewed via the link on the right hand side of this page. 

A second community newsletter was issued in mid-July 2017 with updates to the initial proposal.

Ausgrid welcomes feedback throughout all stages of the project.  Please get in touch via the contacts on the right of this page.

Project status

Project and community engagement time line

  • August to September 2016 - community feedback on options 
  • July 2017 - target for project construction approval (Auburn to Lidcombe route)
  • August 2017 - target for start of construction (Auburn to Lidcombe route) 
  • Early 2018 - target for project construction approval (Camellia to Auburn route) 
  • Mid 2018 - target for start of construction (Camellia to Auburn route) 


Project approval process and environmental assessment

Ausgrid is the approving authority for these works under the NSW Environmental Planning & Assessment Act. An environmental assessment will be prepared on the preferred cable route option in accordance with Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Clause 228 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000. 

The assessment will include a range of specialist studies and input from the community, councils and other authorities and investigates the potential environmental impacts associated with the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed cable route. It also recommends mitigation measures as required to ensure any impacts are at acceptable levels.

What to expect during construction

Construction of the section between Auburn and Lidcombe substations started in August 2017 and will be completed in the first half of 2018.

Pending all required approvals, construction of the section between Camellia and Auburn substations will start in mid 2018. We will be in touch with local residents in advance to update you on the project planning and to provide more information about what to expect during construction.

Standard working hours are between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am and 1pm on Saturday. There may be a requirement to work outside of these hours. If this is the case, we would advise the nearby community in advance of these activities.

There would be temporary impacts during construction, particularly on residents and businesses living or working close to the route which we will work to minimise. Ausgrid will aim to carry out most of the construction work in Percy Street South (near the netball courts) on weekdays to minimise impacts on weekend sporting activities.