Community Engagement

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.

Information Sessions were held in the Willatook Hall and Orford Hall in July 2019, to present information about the project and seek feedback from the local community.  The posters used at these sessions were used to produce an Information Booklet, which was distributed to homes within 10km of the proposed wind farm and can be downloaded from the link further down this page.  During October to December 2019, a shopfront in Koroit was established to provide a further opportunity for anyone to pop in to discuss the proposed wind farm.  The shop front was open for one day per week over a 12 week period, or by appointment.

 

In November 2019 and again in February 2020, Wind Prospect staff knocked on the doors of all dwellings located within approximately 6km of a proposed wind turbine location. If residents were not home, a ‘sorry we missed you’ pack was left behind which included contact details.

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 two Moyne Shire Councillors, three members of the community and Wind Prospect. Eighteen meetings have been held to date.

Supporting the local community

SPONSORSHIP FUND

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.

Funding to date has included:

 

Orford Table Tennis Association

$1,620

The Orford Table Tennis Association has been part of the community since the late 1950s. With a regular group of competitors the association runs a pennant competition every year.

When the current restrictions are lifted, our funding of $1,620 will be used by the group to contribute to the recent increase in the Victorian Table Tennis Association affiliation fees, reducing fees payable by their members.

 

Koroit Irish Festival

$5,000

The Koroit Irish Festival is a celebration of the town’s rich Irish heritage. Thousands of people converge on the town each year for a three-day festival of music, dance and entertainment.

We have provided $5,000 to the festival for the purchase of portable tables and chairs. Although the festival has had to be cancelled in 2020, the equipment is there to be used at the next festival, which we have no doubt that everyone will be looking forward to.

 

Koroit and District Basketball Association

$4,500

The Koroit and District Basketball Association offers a variety of levels of competition, from junior programs to an open mixed competition. There are more than 250 participants throughout the week, ranging from young children to adult basketballers. The association fields a number of squad teams each year, who play representative basketball at competitions in Victoria and South Australia. We are thrilled to provide the organisation with $4,500 for new basketball tops.

Neighbour BENEFIT SHARING PROPOSAL

Wind Prospect is very pleased to share the proposed Neighbour Benefit Program for the Willatook Wind Farm. The program reflects the feedback obtained since taking the concept to the project community in 2019. Please find the proposed program flyer here and don’t hesitate to be in touch if you would like to discuss the program further.

 

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.

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