Biala Wind Farm

News & Updates

Biala Windfarm Approval

The Biala Windfarm was approved by the Planning Assessment Commission on 12 April 2017 as delegate of the Minister for Planning under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The Planning Assessment Commission’s determination report can be viewed here.

Planning Assessment Commission – Public Meeting

The Development application for the Biala windfarm is currently being determined by the Planning Assessment Commission. As part of this process a public meeting will be held on Thursday February 2nd in Crookwell.

For more information about this click here.

DPE Assessment Finalised

The Department of Planning and Environment has finalised its assessment of Newtricity’s proposed Biala Wind Farm. The Department found that the project could be approved, subject to strict conditions, and the application has now been referred to the independent Planning Assessment Commission (the Commission) for a final decision.

A copy of the Department’s Recommendation to the Planning Assessment Commission report is here.

Newtricity Restructure

In June 2016 Newtricity underwent a restructure. Newtricity Developments Biala Pty Ltd is now undertaking the development work for the proposed Biala windfarm.

Public Exhibition & Submissions

The EIS was publicly exhibited from 21 August 2015 to 20 October 2015. A total of 50 submissions were received consisting of 11 from government agencies and 39 from members of the public/community groups. A response to submissions report was prepared by ERM on behalf of Newtricity and submitted to the Department of planning and environment on 16 February 2016. The submissions and the response to submissions report can be seen by clicking here.

Biala Wind Farm Community Information Day

A third community information day was held on Saturday 19 September 2015 at Grabben Gullen Community Hall. Approximately 25 people attended and Newtricity would like to thank the people that attended that day. The session provided Newtricity with the opportunity to discuss key findings of the EIS undertaken to date and the transmission line connections being considered. On display were posters outlining the project layout and photo montages.

Project Newsletter (Volume 5)

Newtricity has released Volume 5 of the Biala Wind Farm Newsletter. The latest version of the newsletter provides an update on the upcoming Community Information Day, public exhibition of the SSD application and information regarding written submissions concerning the development application.

A copy of the newsletter is provided here.

Project Newsletter (Volume 4)

Newtricity has released Volume 4 of the Biala Wind Farm Newsletter. The latest version of the newsletter provides an update on the environmental assessments undertaken for the project, the transmission line connection and community consultation.

A copy of the newsletter is provided here.

Environmental Assessment Requirements

Revised Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs previously known as DGRs) were issued by the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) on 19 May 2015 following the withdrawal of the transmission line from the Project Area. A copy of the revised SEARs are provided here.

The State Signification Development (SSD) application for the Project and supporting Environmental Impact Statement were lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) in July 2015.

Further information on the approvals process for the transmission line is available here.

Project Newsletter (Volume 3)

Newtricity released its 3rd project newsletter in February 2015 following the Community Information Day held on 31 January 2015. The latest version of the newsletter provides an update on the progress of the Project in relation to the environmental assessments and community engagement being undertaken.

A copy of the newsletter is provided here.

Community Consultative Committee

A Community Consultative Committee (CCC) has now been established for the Project and will provide a forum for open discussion between representatives from Newtricity, the community, Upper Lachlan Shire Council and other stakeholders on issues directly relating to the assessment, and if approved, the environmental performance and operation of the wind farm. The first meeting of the CCC took place in July 2015.

To find out more, click here.

Biala Wind Farm Community Information Day

A second Community Information Day was held on Saturday 31 January 2015, at the Grabben Gullen Hall, with approximately 35 people attending throughout the day. Newtricity would like to thank those that attended on the day and provided feedback.

The session provided Newtricity with the opportunity to present the transmission line corridor being considered for the Project; display the proposed layout of the wind farm site, including the location of turbines, access tracks and supporting infrastructure; and provide an update on the environmental assessments being undertaken in relation to the wind farm site. A copy of the posters displayed on the day is provided here.

The next stage in the Project is to finalise the specialist studies and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the wind farm site for submission to the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E).

We appreciate that there are varying views and concerns from the community with respect to wind farms and will address these concerns as much as possible through the environmental assessment and application of environmental mitigation measures.

We wish to confirm that we are still at the preliminary stages of the transmission line connection and the environment assessment and approvals process for the transmission line will be undertaken separately from the wind farm.

We will continue to keep the community and interested persons informed on our progress and upcoming consultation activities. In the meantime, we encourage people to register their interest regarding the Project by filling in the form below and/or to submit any question or comments they may have regarding the Project by clicking here.

Electricity Network Connection

Newtricity have consulted with Essential Energy regarding possible options for the connection of the windfarm to the existing electricity network. There are only 2 options, either the TransGrid 330 KV or Essential Energy 132 kV network.

Newtricity is investigating both options for commercial and technical feasibility.

Proposed Route and Consultation

A transmission line route will be finalised upon completion of further assessments being undertaken and pending lease agreements with involved landowners.

Transmission Line Approvals Process

Following discussions with the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E), the proposed transmission line connection no longer forms part of the wind farm project and will be progressed separately under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). Design and construction of the transmission line will be undertaken by the wind farm proponent, Newtricity Developments Biala Pty Ltd. Following construction, the transmission line will be gifted to Essential Energy and Essential Energy will own, operate and maintain the infrastructure as part of their existing electricity network.

Further information on the approvals process for the transmission line is available here.

Project Newsletter (Volume 2)

Newtricity released its 2nd project newsletter in November 2013 after receiving Director General Requirements (DGRs) for the Project. The DGRs are structured to ensure that any potential impact of a development is adequately investigated and considered by government and the community before a project is eligible for approval.

A copy of the newsletter is provided here.

Director General Requirements

A copy of the DGRs is provided here.

Key areas of focus for the DGRs include:

  • Biodiversity impacts
  • Noise impacts associated with turbine operation
  • Turbine blade glint and shadow flicker
  • Visual Amenity
  • Traffic flows
  • Risks to aviation
  • Risks to bushfire response
  • Electromagnetic fields
  • TV and Radio Reception
  • Cultural heritage
  • Soil erosion and hydrology
  • Social impacts

The project team’s response to these key areas, together with a complete and detailed description of the proposed wind farm design, will be compiled into an EIS. The Department of Planning and Environment will review the EIS for adequacy in addressing DGRs. The final EIS will then be made available to the community for comment and review during the public exhibition period.

Biala Wind Farm Community Information Day

The Biala Wind Farm Community Information Day was held on Saturday 20 July 2013, at the Grabben Gullen Hall, with approximately 40 people attending throughout the day. We were very pleased to see such a big turnout and we appreciate the time people took to attend. The information day successfully introduced the site and our project to the community and it also enabled everyone to meet our project team and ask some questions.

We wish to confirm that we are still at the preliminary stages of both the wind farm design and environmental investigations. Whilst there is a considerable amount of work to do to finalise the wind farm design, we are excited about the project and are committed to engaging with the community and key stakeholders as the project progresses. We understand that there are different views and varying concerns that the community has in respect to wind farms and will address these concerns as much as possible through both the wind farm design and application of environmental mitigation measures.

The next stage in the project is to receive Director General Requirements (DGRs) from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. The DGRs are required to commence the detailed environmental investigations into the site and to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Wind Farm.

We will keep the community and interested persons informed on our progress and following receipt of the DGRs we will then identify the next phase of our consultation with the community. In the meantime, we encourage people to register their interest regarding the project by filling in the form below and/or to submit any question or comments they may have regarding the project by clicking here.

Project Newsletter (Volume 1)

Newtricity have released a project newsletter following its presentation to the Upper Lachlan Council on 20 June 2013. The project newsletter is included within the Crookwell Gazette and can be downloaded from the Documents and Reports section of this website. Newtricity intend on preparing and distributing quarterly newsletters, which will include key updates and relevant information on the project.

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