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National Renewables in Agriculture Conference

National Renewables in Agriculture Conference Piambong Wind

Our project team attended the National Renewables in Agriculture Conference and Expo in Dubbo on 21 June, at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, where we had an information booth set up to inform visitors about our wind farm project and answer questions.

It was great to engage with members of the Central-West Orana community and chat about our project. We talked with farmers, suppliers, local government and State government officials, other renewable energy developers and many others interested in wind energy and the opportunities it brings to the region. We would like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth and expressed interest in our project.

We heard from wonderful key-note speakers and panellists ranging from farmers with renewable energy projects on their land to luminaries such as Ross Garnaut on the benefits of and bright future for renewable energy. We also heard discussions on the issues we collectively need to work together on to ensure these benefits can be realised.

It was clear to see from the event how much interest there is in renewable energy in the Central-West Orana region. With over 300 people attending the event, we could see that people in the region are getting more familiar with and supportive of renewable energy including wind energy projects. This is a positive development, and we hope that our Piambong project can contribute to the region’s transition towards a sustainable energy future.

More opportunities to share information

Vestas will host more community engagement opportunities in future months as the project progresses. If the project proceeds, consultation will continue through construction and into project operation.

Our next drop-in sessions are at the Mudgee Small Farm Field Days on July 7 and 8 2023.

We look forward to speaking with more community members and learning from locals at the Field Days. You can also complete our survey about the Wind Farm.

The planning process

Vestas is currently preparing an updated scoping report, which details the results of our early engagement and preliminary studies. The scoping report will be lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE), which will instruct Vestas about what the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for the project must include.

We hope to commence the EIS at the end of 2023 and complete it in 2025. The EIS will then be lodged with DPE, which will place the EIS on public exhibition for a minimum of four weeks. During this time, all community members, stakeholders and government agencies will be encouraged to have their say by making a submission.

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