Lockhart workers camp opens for EnergyConnect crews

Aerial photo of the Lockhart workers camp for Project EnergyConnect
Image: Transgrid

A self-contained camp that will be home for more than 200 workers has opened at Lockhart in the Riverina as part of EnergyConnect, Australia’s largest transmission project under construction.

EnergyConnect will allow energy to be shared between NSW, South Australia, and Victoria and enable the connection of more new renewable generation.

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Transgrid and construction partner Elecnor Australia are building the 700km NSW section of the project from Wagga Wagga to the South Australian border, and a connection to Red Cliffs in Victoria.

The 20ha camp at Lockhart will accommodate workers who will be building the eastern section of the project between Wagga Wagga and Buronga, NSW.

Transgrid executive general manager of major projects Gordon Taylor said, “Providing quality accommodation is a key step in progressing construction as it nears Wagga Wagga and ensures people are safe and comfortable while working away from home.

“Camps like this one at Lockhart allow us to bring workers into local communities without taking up housing local families may need. It’s a simple way we can help ease pressure on the rental market and accommodation providers.

“EnergyConnect is already providing a huge boost to local communities and it’s exciting to see the first workers moving into this latest purpose-built facility,” he said.

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The Lockhart camp is one of six along the EnergyConnect route which will house more than 1,300 workers for the mega project.

Construction on the western section of EnergyConnect from Buronga to South Australia commenced mid last year and work is now progressing on the eastern section between Wagga and Buronga.

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