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: November 2018|
|3.20 – Diversity Management Plan||Biodiversity Management Plan||Detailed plan to ensure minimal disruption to the biodiversity of the Project area. Predicted completion date: October 2018|
|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. Predicted completion date: October 2018|
|3.28 – Traffic Management Plan||Traffic Management Plan||Defines the measures to be implemented to ensure traffic safety throughout the project. Predicted completion date: October 2018|
|4.1 – Environmental Management Strategy||Environmental Management Strategy||The strategic framework for environmental management of the project. Predicted completion date: September 2018|
|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.|
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 transmission line development application was referred to the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) by Upper Lachlan Shire Council. The JRPP reviewed the application on 14 March 2018 and requested more information from Biala Wind Farm. Biala Wind Farm submitted this additional information to Upper Lachlan Shire Council and it was exhibited by council from 17th April 2018 to 15th May 2018. A copy can be downloaded here.
Upper Lachlan Shire Council is now preparing a final report to be submitted to the JRPP. Once JRPP has received this report, they will arrange a date to sit to further consider the transmission line development application.
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: