ANU – The Powerline Data Transmission (PDT) website is to be privatised by the State Government.
The website, which connects data transmission networks across New South Wales and Queensland, has been run by the NSW Department of Planning and Development since the early 2000s.
However, the State government has decided to sell the site, with the aim of privatising it.
On Monday, a joint bid from the NSW Government and Queensland Government will be accepted for the site at the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in Melbourne.
This is the first privatisation in the state’s history.
“We’re hoping that it will help bring about some significant economic opportunities for New South Welsh residents and business operators,” State Government Spokesperson Ian Macfarlane said.
“It will help with access to the network, it will make it easier to connect and the fact that the current network can be operated without an increase in costs to the taxpayer will come through in this.”
Mr Macfaddon said the sale would also help ensure the State could continue to have access to its electricity and gas supply.
“The Powerline Network has been a critical asset in the Australian electricity system for over a century, and now it will be brought to the market for the benefit of consumers,” he said.
In the first few months of this year, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the State was working with the Federal Government to ensure that the site could remain open.
“This is a major milestone for our power generation and transmission network, and we’re looking forward to welcoming the new owner of this vital infrastructure to the State,” Ms Berejika said.
The sale of the Powerline network is a significant milestone for the State and is a testament to the Government’s commitment to the future of our electricity network.
Powerline Networks is a Government owned and operated power grid, which is responsible for supplying electricity and providing power transmission services across Australia.
The PowerLine Network provides a high speed, reliable, secure and affordable link between consumers and generators, while providing a strong network of capacity, reliable service and affordable prices for all.