Biala Wind Farm

Frequently Asked
Questions


Who is Newtricity

Newtricity Developments Biala Pty Ltd is an Australian owned company with investors from Ireland. The investors were previously involved in a company called Airtricity prior to its sale in 2008. During the period of their involvement Airtricity was an Irish based wind farm developer, owner and operator.  Airtricity developed and built many wind farms in Ireland, Scotland, and the United States of America – including the following:

  • Culliagh, Corneen, Bindoo, Midas, Richfield, Coomatalin, Meentycat, Mullananalt, Gartnaneane, Kings Mountain, Coomacheo, Tournafulla and Tournafulla Phase II wind farm developments in the Republic of Ireland;
  • Tappaghan and Bin Mountain wind farms in Northern Ireland;
  • Minsca, Ardrossan and Dalswinton wind farms in Scotland; and
  • Forest Creek and Sand Bluff wind farms in Texas, USA.

How Many wind turbines are proposed?

The windfarm will consist of 31 turbines as per the approval by the Planning Assessment Commission.


Does Newtricity own the land?

There are 37 individual land parcels within the Project Area, contained within four separate landholdings. The four landholdings are privately owned and Newtricity Developments Biala Pty Ltd has entered into long term lease arrangements for the placement of wind turbines and other associated infrastructure on these properties for the life of the Project.


Who is going to build the windfarm?

Newtricity Developments Biala Pty Ltd will make a final decision in respect to constructing the wind farm once all the necessary approvals are in place. They will consider a joint partner to build the wind farm or on-sell the lease to another wind farm company.


I live in a nearby property and I am concerned that the wind farm may pose a health risk to me or my family. Should I be worried?

Biala windfarm was approved under strict conditions of consent that addresses items such as noise, visual and health issues.

There is considerable publicly available literature regarding the potential impact on human health caused by wind farm developments. Much of the literature suggests that there is no direct linkage between winds farms and impacts on human health through infrasound, low frequency noise and electromagnetic emissions.


Are we going to be provided more information on the project?

Ongoing community and stakeholder consultation will include a range of actions designed to actively engage the local community and seek input and feedback into the Project. Updates will be posted on the project website as more information becomes available.  Community members can also approach representatives from the CCC as a two-way conduit for information about the Project or representations to the Proponent.


Will I be given the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed works forming the proposed wind farm?

Yes. Newtricity Developments Biala Pty Ltd welcome any feedback relating to the Project and will endeavour to respond to queries raised via the Project website and during community information session.


Will the operation of the wind farm generate excessive noise at my house?

A specialist noise assessment has been undertaken by ERM and DNV GL for the Project in accordance with the relevant assessment requirements. The assessment extended to all residential dwellings within 3 km of the nearest proposed wind turbine. Predicted noise levels generated by the wind turbines and substation under a range of assessment scenarios were assessed below the relevant noise assessment criteria at all residential assessment locations.


How will Newtricity engage with the community?

Newtricity Developments Biala Pty Ltd is committed to engaging with the community through all stages of the Project. We commenced our community engagement process in mid-2013 with the release of the first project newsletter and first community information session. Since then, we have distributed an additional three newsletters, conducted face-to-face meetings with local residents and held three community information sessions at the Grabben Gullen Community Hall.

In accordance with the NSW Draft Planning Guidelines: Wind Farms, a Community Consultative Committee (CCC) has been established. The purpose of the CCC is to provide a forum for open discussion between the Project team, representatives from the community, the Upper Lachlan Shire Council and other key stakeholders on issues relating to the assessment, construction and operation of the wind farm.  Community members can also approach representatives from the CCC as a two-way conduit for information about the Project or representations to the Proponent.

Now that the project has been approved, consultation with the local community will continue throughout construction and operation via the CCC and notifications and updates placed on the website, in local media and project newsletters.

Additional information regarding the CCC can be viewed on the Community & Stakeholder Engagement page of this website.


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The Project team welcomes your feedback and acknowledge and respect that individuals share differing views on wind farm developments.

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