• Kosciuszko National Park
    Kosciuszko National Park

The NSW government wants to amend the management plan of the Kosciuszko National Park to permit new electricity transmission lines to be built, which is being described by critics as “wilful vandalism”.

The SMH reports the changes, proposed in a plan that is open to public comment, come as four independent MPs have written to Planning Minister Rob Stokes and Environment Minister Matt Kean calling for the powerlines linking the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project to the grid to be buried underground.

The proposed steel lattice towers would be as tall as 75m and require easements to be cleared in “pristine national park” of as much as 200m wide, the MPs – Justin Field, Alex Greenwich, Joe McGirr and Greg Piper – said in their letter.

“Such an impact on rare national park is unheard of anywhere else in any modern progressive democracy and in the absence of every effort being taken to avoid the use of overhead transmission, to proceed, could be seen as wilful vandalism,” the MPs said.

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