MS PATTEN (Northern Metropolitan) (12:54:31):
My question today is for the Minister for Public Transport and concerns a substation due for construction in Pascoe Vale.
Recently I was contacted by a constituent, Mr Nigel Lee, who brought to my attention that a Public Transport Victoria substation is planned to be built at 211 Reynard Street in Pascoe Vale.
This site shares a common wall with a residential property. The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency states that electromagnetic fields are safe from 5 to 10 metres, but as this Public Transport Victoria substation will share a common wall with residential housing, surely it cannot be possible for the occupants to be a safe distance away.
My question for the minister is: what research has her department undertaken into the safety of these substations, and how can the government ensure the health and safety of residents if the substation is built on top of them?
Fiona Patten MP
Leader of Reason
Member for Northern Metropolitan Region
Constituency Question asked 28/5/19