CWP Renewables, the developers of the Jeremiah Wind Farm near Adjungbilly, are continuing to engage with the local community as travel restrictions ease.
The proposed Jeremiah Wind Farm project consists of up to 65 wind turbine generators, battery storage and associated infrastructure on agricultural land approximately 25 kilometres east of Gundagai at Adjungbilly.
The project is expected to have a capacity of approximately 400 MW, generating enough power for over 200,000 homes, saving over a million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year.
CWP Renewables said work is underway to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which will support the Development Application to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to construct and operate the wind farm. The EIS will outline the impacts and opportunities of the development and incorporate feedback from the local community.
Now that COVID restrictions are starting to ease, the project team are now able to visit the area again and to continue consulting with the community about the project in person. A public open day is planned for early next year, with a date and location to be announced closer to the date.
As discussed at the September ordinary meeting of Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council, Jeremiah Wind Farm will establish a community enhancement fund to provide annual monetary contributions to fund projects that benefit the local community for the life of the project.
The community fund will be established in the form of a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) with the council. The VPA provides the mechanism for collecting and distributing the funds.
CWP Renewables also have a Community Sponsorship fund open for applications now which provides funds or in-kind support to community organisations and events in the local project area. Those interested are encouraged to get in touch with the project team to find out more or fill in the application form online at: https://cwprenewables.com/community-sponsorship-application
Community members are encouraged to apply for a place on the Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for the Jeremiah Wind Farm.
The CCC will provide a forum for discussion relating to the project, between the wind farm developer, local community, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council and other stakeholders.
Peter Gordon has been appointed as the Independent Chairperson for the CCC by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
The CCC will comprise of Mr Gordon, community members that live locally or are members of a stakeholder group, and representatives of the local council and CWP Renewables.
The CCC will meet regularly during the development of the project and Mr Gordon will oversee the selection process of committee members.
“We are looking for people who live locally or are a member of a stakeholder group (community, environment, Aboriginal or industry) to join the Jeremiah Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee,” Mr Gordon said.
“Your role as a committee member would be voluntary and would involve attending around four meetings a year.”
Up to six positions are available for community representatives.
Nominations for the CCC are open until November 26.
Nomination forms can be downloaded at: cwprenewables.com/news /jeremiahwindfarm-ccc-eoi
You can also get in touch with the Independent Chair, Peter Gordon, directly on 0417 064 767 or [email protected]