Project Approval and Documents

The proposed Biala Wind Farm was granted Development Approval (Consent) from the NSW Planning Assessment Commission on 12th April 2017. The Development Consent was granted under the provisions of section 89E of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979).

The following key terms are important when reading this page:

  • DA – Development Approval (or Consent)
  • DPE – NSW Department of Planning and Environment

For details of documents considered by DPE when the wind farm was approved, please visit the DPE website by clicking here. The link includes the Environmental Assessment (EA) and the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Project.

Certain conditions set out in the DA require the production of strategies, management plans, programs, monitoring and reports. The table below summarises each of these conditions and provides links to download these documents. Please refer to the Development Approval in conjunction with this table. The Development Approval can be downloaded here.

 

DA Condition Document for download Description
2.9 – Final Layout Plans Final Layout Plans for turbine locations and connecting tracks Predicted completion date: February 2019
3.20 – Biodiversity Management Plan Biodiversity Management Plan Detailed plan to ensure minimal disruption to the biodiversity of the Project area.
3.21 – Bird and Bat Adaptive Management Plan Bird and Bat Adaptive Management Plan Plan describing how bird and bat monitoring will be completed and how to minimise potential impacts on local species. Predicted completion date: March 2019
 3.23 –Heritage Management Plan Heritage Management Plan  Plan prepared in consultation with Aboriginal stakeholders to minimise the disturbance.
3.28 – Traffic Management Plan Traffic Management Plan Defines the measures to be implemented to ensure traffic safety throughout the project.
4.1 – Environmental Management Strategy Environmental Management Strategy The strategic framework for environmental management of the project.
4.3 – Community Consultative Committee Details of Independent Chair The independent chair of the committee is Nic Carmody, as appointed by the DPE in June 2015. This describes Nic’s professional background.
4.9 – Complaints Complaints Register A register of complaints received about the wind farm, updated monthly; An Issue and Responses register maintained by Newtricity prior to October 2017 can be found below.

 

Transmission Line

The Development Approval for the wind farm does not include the infrastructure required to connect the wind farm to the electricity network. For this reason, a new development application was submitted to Upper Lachlan Shire Council in November 2017 for an underground 33kV electricity connection to the existing Gullen Range Wind Farm substation in Bannister. An extension to the Gullen Range Wind Farm substation is part of the application. The Statement of Environmental Effects submitted with this application can be found here. The Statement of Environmental Effects sets out what we are planning to do and assesses any impacts to the environment.

The second public meeting for the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) has been announced on the Planning Panels website. The public meeting will take place at 1:30pm on the 17th January 2019 at the Goulburn Mulwaree Council Chambers in Goulburn. The first public meeting took place on 14th March 2018 where a decision on whether to approve our application for an electricity transmission line and substation extension was deferred. Since then, we have submitted further information on our proposal and Upper Lachlan Shire Council has written a supplementary assessment report for the JRPP. The JRPP have now had this report peer reviewed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. You can visit www.planningpanels.nsw.gov.au for more information.

If approved, the proposed underground line will transmit the electricity generated by Biala Wind Farm across to our existing substation Gullen Range Wind Farm, where it will be placed onto the electricity grid. We will continue to keep you updated.

 

Historical Responses to Community Feedback

The following Issues and Responses Register was maintained by Newtricity Developments Pty Ltd (Newtricity) prior to the acquisition of Biala Wind Farm by BJCE:

Issues and Responses Register