On Thursday 30 June 2016 AGL provided the local community with an update on the proposed Coopers Gap Wind Farm in southern Queensland. Over 50 people attended the Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meeting.
In the meeting, AGL provided further information about the Coopers Gap Wind Farm being a Declared Project by the Office of the Coordinator General, Queensland. Declared projects are projects that the government considers to be of state social, economic or environmental significance.
“The advantage of the Coordinator General process is that it is considered a rigorous approval process, while being independent of ministerial decisions” said Coopers Gap Wind Farm project manager, Neil Cooke.
Currently, the Office of the Coordinator General has the Terms of Reference on public exhibition until 11 July 2016, providing opportunity for the public to make submissions on how they would like the Terms of Reference to be set (TOR). The TOR will be used to inform the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS will then be placed on public exhibition for further feedback.
Discussions at the meeting also included planning a visit for local community members to AGL’s existing wind farms in Victoria. "Some members of the community have had questions about what a wind farm looks and feels like. So to help answer some of these questions we’ll host a trip for several CCC and community members to our two Victorian wind farms so they can experience first-hand a wind farm in operation” explained Mr Cooke.
“It was pleasing to see such a large turn out at the meeting yesterday with much lively discussion, demonstrating the community’s interest in these large scale renewable energy projects in their area” said Community & Stakeholder Manager, Helena Orel.
Click here to see the presentation made by AGL at the meeting.
The Coopers Gap Wind Farm project is AGL’s foremost renewable energy project in Queensland. The Coopers Gap Wind Farm is proposed to have a capacity of up to 350 MW, which would produce approximately 1,100 GWh of renewable energy, powering more than 190,000 average Australian homes. While there is some time to go before a final decision can be made on whether the project proceeds to construction, it is hoped that if it proceeds it would be financed through AGL’s Powering Australian Renewables Fund, which is currently being established.