White Rock Wind Farm
The White Rock Wind Farm is to be located in the New England Tablelands region of New South Wales, approximately 24 kilometres west of Glen Innes, New South Wales and 47km east of Inverell. It is classified as State Significant Development and has been assessed and approved under Part3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 for which the Minister for Planning is the consent authority.
White Rock includes the construction and operation of a wind farm with up to 119 turbines. Associated infrastructure includes access tracks, local road infrastructure upgrades, electrical connections between the turbines (both underground cable and aboveground power lines), temporary concrete batching plant, on-site control buildings and equipment storage facilities, an on-site substation and transmission connection from the substation to the TransGrid 132 kV transmission line to the north of the site, and permanent monitoring masts.
The proposed wind farm site is located on freehold and leasehold land within and adjacent to agricultural areas. The proposed site is located in the Local Government Areas (LGA) of Glen Innes Severn and Inverell. Application No. 10_0160 was approved by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure 10 July 2012. For full information on this application (Project Application No. 10_0160 - White Rock Wind Farm), see the Department of Planning and Infrastructures website.
The proponent submitted a modification to the original approval under application No. 10_0160 MOD1. The proponent withdrew this modification prior to its determination. The modification related to an alternative 132kV powerline route from the wind farm site and an alternative substation location adjacent to TransGrid's 330kV transmission line which is approximately 13km west of the wind farm site. For full information on the withdrawn modification application (10_0160 MOD1, Modification to Project Application - White Rock Wind Farm), see the Department of Planning and Infrastructures website.
The proponent sought a second modification to the original application under application 10_0160 MOD 2. This modification application was approved on 24th July 2015. The modification related to administrative amendments to the approval and regularised several aspects. It did not change the approved project area of layout, maximum turbine height nor the approved generating capacity. The Department of Planning assessed resulting environmental impacts and concluded they would be substantially the same as approved for the original project. For full information on the modification application (10_0160 MOD2, Modification to Project Application - White Rock Wind Farm), see the Department of Planning and Infrastructures website
Community Consultation Committee
A White Rock Wind Farm Community Consultation Committee is in operation for the duration of the project. The latest meeting was held of 6th August 2015. Links to the minutes from the committee meetings have been provided below.
|Newsletter - November 2016|
Previous month meeting minutues can be found by visiting the White Rock Wind Farm web page.
Comments from Goldwind Australia
Goldwind Australia purchased the White Rock Wind Farm (WRWF) project from Epuron in October 2014.
Goldwind is an international wind power company specialising in high quality and technically advanced equipment. Goldwind manufactures and installs wind turbines. Goldwind was established in 2009 and currently has two operating wind farms in Australia as well as offices in Melbourne and Sydney.
The project approval allows for staging of construction. It is planned to build 70 turbines in the first stage along with related civil and electrical infrastructure. The turbine model planned to be installed is the Goldwind 121 which has a 90m hub height and a 150m tip height. The total capacity of Stage 1 is planned to be 175MW.
The project team is currently preparing construction plans for a targeted start at the end of 2015, including preparation of the Construction Environment Management Plan (CEMP). The CEMP will outline the environmental management practices and procedures that are to be followed during construction. Final approval of the CEMP is required from the Department of Planning and Environment prior to construction commencing.
White Rock Wind Farm is committed to the New England Tablelands community and to facilitating the long term integration of the project into the community. The community engagement process is intended to inform decisions, build capacity of interested stakeholders and strengthen relationships within the local community. We aim to create and maintain good relationships with near neighbours of the project. The project team can be contacted at any time and are happy to talk through details of the project at any stage. Contact details are available on the White Rock Wind Farm website.
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