The loss of native forest, predominantly rainforest, will equate to 6 hectares per kilometre of line.
These native forest sections include areas of formal and informal reserves including the Pruana Regional Reserve, This reserve and its surrounds constitute the north eastern extremity of the proposed takayna national Park, and were recommended for National Heritage Listing by the Australian Heritage Council, and assessed as having World Heritage Value in the Independent Verification Group Reports as part of the Tasmanian Forest Agreement process.
Numerous threatened species exist along the proposed transmission line corridor that will be affected by either collision risks with the lines or loss of habitat from the easement clearing and extensive roads required to maintain the lines. Tasmanian Devil, Spotted-tailed Quoll. Tasmanian Masked Owl and White Goshawk are impacted by the loss of habitat, with Devils and Quoll also impacted by roadkill associated with construction transport, Wedge-tailed Eagle and other raptors are heavily impacted by collision with transmission lines with collision with powerlines being a key killer of eagles in Tasmania. Siltation of waterways from the easement clearing will impact Giant Freshwater Crayfish. Areas of Brooker’s Gum, a threatened forest community that provides an important food source for Swift Parrot during the annual migration.
The Robbins Island to Hampshire Transmission Line is part of a larger transmission line extending through to Staverton, and connecting back to Heybridge to connect to the proposed Marinus Link. By dividing the transmission line into separate assessment units, the proponents are avoiding proper assessment of the combined impacts of the entire line.
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