Working with landowners
The Victorian Desalination Project is working with about 125 landowners affected by the underground pipeline and power supply easement.
The project is committed to close landowner liaison through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Property Team and AquaSure's Landowner Liaison Officers.
DELWP has consulted with landowners since 2007 to conduct environmental and technical studies to determine the location of the easement.
DELWP liaises with landowners on acquisition and compensation for the permanent easement and temporary occupation of adjoining land during construction.
AquaSure and its contractor, Thiess Degrémont Nacap, are the key contacts for landowners with regard to design and construction and reinstatement and rehabilitation of the pipeline and power supply.
DELWP is the key contact for acquisition and compensation.
Before undertaking any type of work near the Victorian Desalination Project underground pipeline or power supply easement, you must contact Dial Before You Dig on 1100 or online at www.dialbeforeyoudig.com.au.
The easement runs through the Bass Coast Shire, Cardinia Shire and City of Casey.
Detailed map of pipeline and power supply alignment
The underground pipeline and power supply for the desalination plant operate within an easement.
For nearly two years the route of the water transfer pipeline was the subject of landowner consultation, environmental research, technical investigations, planning processes and approvals. The pipeline was always planned to be underground.
The easement route avoids urban areas and townships, and maximises distances from individual houses and areas of high conservation value.
Route selection was based on mapping and field inspections by a team of specialist consultants. Issues relating to potential impacts on all land uses, including farming, and visual impacts on residences, were subject to consultation with landholders.
Through the Environment Effects Statement and public comment and inquiry processes, landowners requested route changes and over 30 amendments were made.
The easement was acquired under the Water Act 1989 and the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986.
The pipeline easement is 84 kilometres long and the power supply easement is 87 kilometres long. They are co-located for 78 kilometres where the easement is 20 metres wide.
The easement diverges at Clyde North where a 15‑metre wide pipeline only easement runs for a further 6 kilometres to Berwick and a 10‑metre wide power only easement runs for 9 kilometres to the Cranbourne Terminal Station.