Work will soon begin on Ergon Energy’s new Toowoomba Central substation, a project that will underpin growth in Toowoomba’s Central Business District for decades to come.

QLD Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said the project delivers on the Government’s election promise of better planning and infrastructure.

“The new fully enclosed substation will be built as part of the Grand Central redevelopment on the former Gardentown Shopping Centre site, while the existing substation site will become part of the retail precinct,” Mr McArdle said.

“The land swap arrangement with the Queensland Investment Corporation was supported by Toowoomba Regional Council, which had given approval for the shopping centre redevelopment.”

Mr McArdle said the Government was working to grow a four pillar economy and the project would provide a significant economic boost for Toowoomba during construction.

“An estimated 85,000 hours of labour is required for works at the two substations, on the line route between them and for associated distribution lines,” he said.

Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts said the new substation would not only be a positive for the Grand Central redevelopment, but would ensure Ergon could meet the demand for power as new businesses are established in the CBD.

“The existing substation was built in 1961 and even though capacity was added with upgrades in 1969 and 1980, a new substation is required,” Mr Watts said.

“The new substation will use the most modern technology, including an indoor 110kV gas insulated switchgear to meet future electricity demand needs.”

The $74.7 million project also includes an upgrade at the South Toowoomba substation and a double circuit 110kV line between the two substations.

Member for Toowoomba South John McVeigh said it would provide a higher level of reliability and security of supply for the 24,000 customers that rely on them.

“Community consultation has already begun on the line route for the new 3km power line, which is planned to go through Toowoomba Golf Course and then underground on council-owned floodways and retention basins to Water Street,” Mr McVeigh said.

“The two existing 33kV power lines between the South and Central substations will be removed once the new substation is operational.”

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