Biala Wind Farm
The proposed Biala wind farm is a 31 turbine wind farm located approximately 6km south of Grabben Gullen on Grabben Gullen Road, 8km east of Biala and 14.5km south west of Crookwell in the Southern Tablelands of NSW. The planned wind farm is 100% owned by Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy (Australia) Holding Pty Ltd (BJCE Australia) who own the nearby 73 turbine Gullen Range Wind Farm and 10MW Gullen Solar Farm.
Biala Wind Farm is expected to have an installed capacity of approximately 110MW producing enough electricity for approximately 46,000 typical homes on an average day of wind.
BJCE Australia commenced construction of the wind farm in August 2019 with electricity expected to be generated in the second quarter of 2020.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like further information, or if you would like to provide feedback or lodge a complaint about the proposed wind farm.
Upper Lachlan Shire Council is calling for expressions of interest from persons interested in being a Community Representative on the Biala Wind Farm Community Enhancement Fund Committee. There are two vacancies to fill. Applications close this week at 4pm on Friday, 22nd January 2021. For more information about how to apply, please click here to be taken to the Council’s website or contact Council on (02) 4830 1000.
The Community Enhancement Fund (CEF) will provide grants to projects, services, facilities benefits or educational assistance located within 20km of the wind farm. For the first three years of operation, community groups within 5km of the wind farm will be the main funding priority. To find out more about the CEF, please click here.
We have extended the closing date for the survey until Friday 22 January 2021 to continue to gather feedback about the quality of TV reception in the local area. If you are a resident living in Grabben Gullen or within 5km of Biala Wind Farm, we encourage you to complete the short survey here. To view the TV Reception Program Eligibility Map click here.
You can WIN a gourmet local produce hamper valued at $150.00. To enter the draw, you will need to provide your contact details at the end of the survey. The lucky winner will be drawn on Friday 29th January 2021.
The Gunning Arts Festival’s FlashWrite project invites story submissions up to 1500 words that embody local life experiences of the Southern Tablelands. Stories inspired by the 2021 Festival theme of “rejuvenation” are especially welcome. Derek Powell, BJCE Australia’s Deputy General Manager, said “Everyone has a story to tell. BJCE Australia is happy to do our little bit to help people tell theirs. Hats off to the contributors and the hard-working, innovative folk behind the Gunning Arts Festival for this fantastic idea. I hope people get the same enjoyment from reading the published stories as I just did.”
FlashWrite is open to all ages and the closing date for submissions is 8th February 2021. If you need a little help getting started, you can also check out the FlashWrite video tutorials by local author Greg Baines on the Gunning Arts Festival website here. A selection of stories is being published in the lead up to the 2021 Festival here and some will be selected to be performed and published in a booklet as part of the Festival. To find out more and submit your story, you can go to the Gunning Arts Festival website here.
The FlashWrite project is sponsored by BJCE Australia’s Biala and Gullen Range Wind Farms and supported by an Upper Lachlan Cultural Funding Program grant. The Upper Lachlan Cultural Funding Program is funded by the Upper Lachlan Shire Council.
Biala Wind Farm has recently written to all residents within this area seeking feedback so we can better understand the quality of television reception and how residents receive transmission currently.
Biala Wind Farm was granted development consent in 2017, subject to conditions. Condition 32, in schedule 3 of the development consent, requires us to make good any disruption to radio communications services (which includes TV) caused by the wind farm.
BJCE Australia appreciates TV reception in areas around Biala Wind Farm and Grabben Gullen have been an issue for local residents for some time, possibly since analogue TV transmitters were phased out and replaced by digital transmitters in 2013.
To demonstrate our support of the local community, we are proposing to offer a TV Reception Program to all homeowners within 5km of a Biala Wind Farm turbine. We have also extended the Program to include all of Grabben Gullen village.
If you are a resident living in Grabben Gullen or within 5km of Biala Wind Farm and have not received information about our TV Reception Program, we encourage you to complete our short survey here. Alternatively you can contact us on 1800 370 045 or email [email protected] and we will assist you further.
BJCE Australia would like to wish you a safe, merry Christmas and a happy new year. During the festive period, our office will be closed from 23rd December 2020 to 5th January 2021 inclusive. You can still contact us but we will respond to your emails and letters when we return on 6th January 2021. If you need more immediate assistance, please phone our toll-free number on 1800 370 045 (leave a message and we’ll call you back). If there is an emergency, please dial 000.
November/December Community Update now available to read and download here.