Our responsibility to the community is to ensure there is transparency regarding the status and assessment of the project and that there are continuous opportunities for concerns to be raised. We will be actively engaging local community members to provide input and feedback based on information shared within community meetings or through our website.
If you live within Nundle or Hanging Rock and have concerns regarding the proposed wind farm, please consult the information on our website or contact us directly through the website or our contact us details below. We have a team in the local community with experience supporting the development of wind farms and a strong knowledge of the area who are happy to provide information and support.
Our Approach to Engagement
Our approach to community consultation starts with identifying those that are closest to each proposed wind turbine. Prior to launching this website and as part of our lodging the preliminary environmental assessment of the project, meetings were held with all members of the community who lived within 3km of a proposed turbine.
We plan to continue to meet anyone within the broader Hanging Rock and Nundle community through community information days and through our regular newsletters which you can subscribe to here. We hope to be able to provide information about planning process and the projects benefits to the community and to look to obtain feedback regarding any concerns you might have.
Establishing a Community Consultative Committee
Following our submission of the Preliminary Environmental Assessment expected in 2018, we will be establishing a Community Consultative Committee (“CCC”). This CCC will be made up of representatives from the local community, representatives on behalf of the wind farm and other project stakeholders. The CCC will aid in providing information about the wind farm to the local community. The CCC will be operated generally in accordance with the “Community Consultative Committee Guidelines” issued by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. These guidelines can be viewed here.
If you are interested in being a part of the committee, please contact us. All meeting minutes of the CCC will be available below once established.
Community Enhancement Fund
The fund will be established to provide the community with the financial resources to help enhance lifestyle and opportunities for local residents around Hanging Rock, Nundle and communities close to the project.
The fund will be supported with a commitment of $2,500 per wind turbine per year installed and operating, expected over a period of 25 years. Wind Energy Partners through consultation has learnt of a number of ideas to which the community fund could be used and welcomes suggestions to the design of the fund.
Further details of the fund will be designed through consultation with the Community Consultative Committee to be established in 2018. Wind Energy Partners aims to finalise the Community Enhancement Fund framework and will submit this design as part of the planning permission application.
Further details of the fund design will be announced following further community engagement to determine community priorities.