Public consultation for the proposed Willatook Wind Farm commenced in September 2010 during the very early stages of planning and feasibility assessment. Newsletters have been distributed periodically to all residents and owners of land within 10 km of a proposed wind turbine location as well as to other stakeholders.
In September 2010 and again in August 2017, Wind Prospect staff knocked on the doors of all dwellings located within approximately 3km of a proposed wind turbine location. If residents were not home, a ‘sorry we missed you’ pack was left behind which included a newsletter and contact details.
Information from this engagement activity has informed and continues to inform the project design. The project was originally conceived with up to 190 wind turbines with a maximum blade tip height (when the blade is in the upright position) of 152 metres. Following changes to the site design and huge advances in wind turbine technology, the project now comprises up to 86 wind turbines with a maximum tip height of 250 metres.
Community Engagement Committee
A Community Engagement Committee (CEC) was established by the Moyne Shire in October 2010 to provide a forum for consultation and information sharing about the project between Wind Prospect and the local community. The CEC comprises three Moyne Shire Councillors, three members of the community and Wind Prospect. Eighteen meetings have been held to date.
Supporting the local community
A Sponsorship Fund of $20,000 per year has been established for the duration of the project development process to assist local community groups and organisations around the proposed wind farm. The fund is active now and is designed to support community groups to add or improve community services, programs, initiatives or facilities.
The Sponsorship Fund is being administered by Wind Prospect and will continue until the Community Benefit Fund commences at construction commencement. Guidance and feedback is being sought from the Moyne Shire Council and the local community to shape the design and eligibility criteria of this fund.
Sponsorship application forms and terms and conditions are available here.
BENEFIT SHARING PROPOSAL
Should the proposed wind farm be constructed, Willatook Wind Farm is proposing a number of mechanisms to share the benefits with the local community. These programs are still being finalised but are proposed to include the following:
Neighbour Benefits Program
An annual benefit to the owners of inhabited dwellings located up to six kilometres from a constructed wind turbine.
Energy Cost Offset Program
An annual benefit to the occupiers of dwellings located up to six kilometres from a constructed wind turbine.
Community Co-Investment Program
An opportunity for members of the local community to personally invest in the project, if there is sufficient interest in this opportunity.
Community Benefit Fund
Annual grant-based funding of up to $1,000 per constructed wind turbine, to be used for community initiatives and administered by a community committee.
We are seeking your feedback on these proposed initiatives.
Have Your Say
Your input, feedback and views on the proposed Willatook Wind Farm are important. We genuinely want to hear what you have to say and your opinions can lead to improvements to the project design. If you are simply after more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch – that’s what we’re here for.
Wind Prospect has established the following lines of communication and encourage you to contact the Willatook Wind Farm team.
Toll Free Number: 1800 934 313
Local Community Presence: We have a dedicated local Community Engagement Officer you can contact on 1800 934 313
Information Sessions: Posters that were displayed at our July Information Sessions are available here.
Project Opinion Surveys: Opinion surveys can be completed online at any time and are located here.
Personal information will be treated as private and confidential and will not be passed to any third parties not involved with the wind farm.
Thank you to everyone who completed a Public Opinion Survey before our prize draw deadline and congratulations to our winners Elizabeth McNamara and Sue Homan. We welcome your continued feedback and look forward to sharing the results with you at our next round of information sessions.
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