We believe that an informed community improves the understanding of what are often misunderstood rumours. As such, we have provided a series of useful links below to give further information about Nundle and Hanging Rock, renewable energy, and the guidelines the project will be required to follow. We have also included some links to reports based on frequently asked questions and our contact details so you can reach us directly.
About Nundle and Hanging Rock
Nundle and Hanging Rock are historic and full of natural beauty. The community is well known for hosting a number of popular events and historic attractions.
Resources for General Questions
Here are a number of website links to useful sources of information on wind farm projects, assessment processes, applicable legislation and guidelines, the renewable energy market, projects and other topics relevant to the Hills of Gold Wind Farm Project.
New South Wales Government
A number of regulations, legislation and guidelines relating to wind farm and State Significant Projects is located on NSW government websites, see below:
State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011 – State Significant Development - contains information on State Significant Developments and the legislated policy framework for these projects.
NSW Wind Energy Guidelines - provides the community, industry and regulators with guidance on the planning framework for the assessment of large-scale wind energy development proposals that are State Significant Developments (SSD).
Wind Energy: Noise Assessment Bulletin – contains comprehensive information on the noise assessment process for wind farm project in NSW.
Wind Energy: Visual Assessment Bulletin – contains comprehensive information on the visual impact assessment process for wind farm projects in NSW
The NSW Government’s Major Projects page for the Hills of Gold Wind Farm, including the Preliminary Environmental Assessment and the Secretaries Environmental Assessment Requirements, is located here.
Information on the NSW Government Electricity Strategy is located here.
Information on impacts of wind farms and property values can be found here.
Australian Government Department of Energy and Environment
The Hills of Gold Wind Farm project Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act referral can be found on the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy referrals list here (see Referral Number 8535).
National Wind Farm Commissioner
The national wind farm commissioner website is a useful resource for communities with concerns about proposed wind farm projects, and includes information on best practice for wind farm developers. See website here.
Clean Energy Council and Australian Wind Alliance
The Clean Energy Council and Australian Wind Alliance provides a number of useful and informative resources to persons interested in renewable energy in Australia.
The Clean Energy Council’s webpage on Wind Technologies and Projects in Australia
The Clean Energy Council’s webpage on Benefit Sharing for Renewable Energy Projects contains significant information on community benefit sharing principles, opportunities and examples.
The Australian Wind Alliance webpage contains reports, fact sheets and educational videos on bird life and human health as they relate to wind farms, community engagement benefits, and industry news. See weblink here.
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
The Draft 2020 Integrated Systems Plan was released in late 2019 and is designed to be a roadmap for Australia’s energy future. The document is located here.