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Overview

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.

Community Consultative Committee

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.

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. 

Wind Farms and Health

Project specific studies 

 

General information

FAQs

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?

A: CATCON are strongly committed to working with Australian and local businesses and organisations to deliver local employment and supply chain opportunities. A number of forums will be organized in the local area to ensure local companied are aware of the opportunities to engage.

Further, CATCON welcome receiving applications from individuals. Please submit your resume at: hr@catcon.com.au.

 

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 further 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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