Community Enhancement Fund
Once the wind farm is fully operational, Biala Wind Farm will establish a Community Enhancement Fund, providing approximately $92,308 per annum for community projects.
The amount of funding available each year is set out in the wind farm Development Approval, as issued by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Biala Wind Farm will contribute $2,500 per turbine to towards the fund every year. This contribution will increase with inflation (i.e. CPI adjusted) each year, giving a value for 2021 of approximately $2977.70 per turbine.
The Community Fund will provide grants to projects, services, facilities or educational assistance located within 20km of the wind farm, which are aimed at:
- enhancing any aspect of the local environment, which could include ameliorating any impacts from the wind farm; or
- benefitting the local community.
For the first three years of operation, community projects within a 5km radius of Biala Wind Farm will be the main funding priority for the Community Fund.
For a map showing the 5km and 20km distances around the wind farm, please click here.
How the fund works
Who will administer the Community Enhancement Fund?
A Community Enhancement Fund Committee will be established to administer the Fund. The Committee will be set-up and coordinated by Upper Lachlan Shire Council under its Section 355 provisions. The Committee will be responsible for assessing applications and awarding funds. Biala Wind Farm will have one member on this committee, alongside representatives of Upper Lachlan Shire Council and members of the community.
Who can apply to the Community Enhancement Fund?
Members of the community through incorporated or registered not for profit organisations.
When will applications open?
The Upper Lachlan Shire Council (ULSC) has selected two community members to join the Committee, alongside council representatives and one representative from Biala Wind Farm. The next steps are for the committee to meet and agree on a charter. Biala Wind Farm expects the fund will open for applications after that, but this could change depending on the outcome of the first meeting of the committee. Applications will be assessed annually.
We’ll let you know when applications are open on our website and in our newsletters and provide a link to the the application form and guidelines on the Council’s website.
ULSC will also advertise in their Voice newsletter and in the local newspapers when applications open.
How do I find out more about the Community Enhancement Fund?
We are always happy to provide more information where we can on the Community Enhancement Fund, but but for some questions, it may be necessary t o contact Upper Lachlan Shire Council, which operates the fund.