As a long-term owner operator of wind farms, AGL is committed to being a valued member of the local community. We will develop constructive working relationships and communication channels with the community in order to build community trust and pride in the Coopers Gap wind farm. The project will contribute to a more sustainable future through the supply of renewable energy to the wider community.
A sod turning event to commemorate the works was held on Wednesday 7 February. The ceremony was attended by new Energy Minister Lynham. AGL Managing Director & CEO, Andy Vesey, is speaking at parliament house on 15 February for a TSBE event. You can find details about the event on the TSBE website.
Second round of Community Funding now open
AGL is committed to making a sustainable and positive contribution in the communities which we operate. This includes the Queensland regions South Burnett and Western Downs.
The second funding round will open on 1 March and close on 29 March 2018. The round will be for grants up to $3000. The Community Fund targets a range of community needs including; health, social welfare, safety, environment, education and youth, sport, recreation, culture, arts and economic development.
The CCC has resolved this round of funding is specifically for the communities of Bell, Jandowae and Kumbia. Please note, applications from these areas will take priority.
The Community Fund aims to:
How to apply?
Step 2. Submit your application by 5pm Thursday 29 March 2018.
Step 3. AGL will contact you by the 16 April regarding the outcome of your application.
For more information please contact Clare Wilkes on 0435 918 441 or email AGLCommunity@agl.com.au.
The Meet the Constructor – Coopers Gap Wind Farm Project events were held on 25 and 26 October 2017, which bought together local businesses, job seekers and senior project representatives from AGL, GE and CATCON.
These events focused on the range of materials, goods and services that will need to be procured during the construction phase of the Coopers Gap Wind Farm Project.
As part of the community engagement process for the proposed Coopers Gap Wind Farm project, AGL has established a Coopers Gap Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee (CCC). The aim of the CCC is to help strengthen the community engagement process so that any arising community issues can be appropriately addressed.
The committee meets periodically to discuss planning developments as well as any community issues and concerns. It is also an opportunity for the local community to work directly with the AGL project team. The CCC is guided by the terms of reference that have been set by the committee.
Next Meeting is scheduled for Thursday 1 March 2018, from 1pm at Cooranga North Memorial Hall.
The CCC is a voluntary committee which includes various stakeholder and community representatives who have an interest or connection to the project. We encourage the local community who are not members of the committee to also attend and observe the meetings. If time permits, the local community will be invited to ask any questions.
View the previous CCC agendas, minutes and presentation slides below.
Project specific studies
Q: Why is AGL proposing to build a Wind Farm around the Western Downs and South Burnett Communities.
A: The project is located in an area with consistent wind, a strong electricity grid and local community support. The addition of renewable generation aligns with state and federal renewable energy targets.
Q: How many jobs will be created?
A: During construction of the Wind Farm, up to 200 people will be employed. Once constructed, up to 15 to 20 permanent full-time employees will be required.
Q: How do I apply for job opportunities at the wind farm?
GE CATCON welcome expressions of interest and capability statements, please click here for details.
Q: What is the level of investment?
A: The development would result in an investment by PARF of about $850 million.
Q: How big will the turbines be?
A: The tip height of the blades at their highest point will be 180m above ground level. The blades are approximately 70m long. Each turbine will have the capacity to produce either 3.6 or 3.8 MW of power.
Q: What makes up the Coopers Gap wind farm?
A: The Coopers Gap Wind Farm will incorporate 123 wind turbines, access tracks, hardstands, electrical reticulation system, electrical connection works and associated infrastructure.
Q: Why do we need more wind farms?
A: Australia’s electricity generation fleet is transitioning to create a more sustainable energy future. Large scale wind and solar generation will play a large part in this transition.
Q: When will the Wind Farm become operational?
A : AGL aims to complete construction in 2019. To meet this target, construction will need to start 2017.
Q: How will the project affect the community and the environment?
A: There will be minor impact to the environment during the construction of the wind farm. The wind farm will be generally located on farming land, primarily used for cattle grazing. Refer to the Environmental Impact Statement on this web site for fwind urther details.
Q: How will the community be kept informed?
A: AGL will keep the local community updated throughout the planning process and ensure residents and businesses are fully informed. AGL will update its website as important information becomes available (https://www.agl.com.au/about-agl/how-we-source-energy/renewable-energy/coopers-gap-wind-farm). A 24 hour information telephone line is also available (1800 039 600). Alternatively any queries can be sent by email to AGLCommunity@agl.com.au.
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