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Moyne Shire Council Visit

AGL was pleased to host seven out of nine Moyne Shire Councillors at the Macarthur Wind Farm recently. The Councillors undertook a tour of the site and workshop including the Vestas turbine simulator. David Spree, Senior Manager, Government and Community, Victoria, was on hand to hold a Q&A with Councillors.

Recent Site Tours

AGL has hosted several tours recently, including the Sunnyside Aged Care Facility, the Macarthur and District Association, the David Newman Centre, and Year 10 students from the Heywood and District Secondary College.

An update from the Macarthur Wind Farm

Covering approximately 5,500ha of freehold land in South Western Victoria, the Macarthur Wind Farm is currently the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Operated by AGL (in partnership with Vestas), and co-owned by H.R.L. Morrison & Co and Malakoff Berhad, the wind farm can generate enough clean, green energy to power approximately 173,000 average Australian homes.

Located approximately 16km east of the ton of Macarthur, the wind farm is a significant local landmark and one of the area’s largest employers.

Connecting with the community

A men’s group from Sunnyside House – an aged care facility in Camperdown – recently travelled over an hour tour the wind farm site.

The group, aged between 78 and 98, toured took in the southern edge of the site and got up close and personal with one of the turbines, experiencing first-hand how quickly they stop (and restart) and hearing the difference.

Michael, the groups driver, said the group really appreciated the effort AGL and Vestas had put in to showing them around.

“The visit was originally suggested by Brian, one of the residents, whose son will soon be starting work at a Victorian wind farm”, he said.

“They’ve all had a great time, asking questions and trying to guess things like the height of the turbine and length of the blades”.

The group closed the tour by acknowledging the birthday of Pauline, the carer on duty, with a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday, then headed on to Warrnambool for lunch.

Supporting the locals

As part of our commitment to contributing to the communities we operate in, we recently announced the recipients of the first round of Macarthur Community Support Fund grants.

At an afternoon tea held in their honour, grant recipients were treated to a special tour of the site workshop, included a visit to the simulator – a model of the inside of the nacelle which is used for training and continuous improvement purposes.

They also heard more about AGL’s generation portfolio and moves toward a carbon constrained future from Jeff Buckett, Asset Manager Wind and Solar.

AGL’s recent rebrand was a key topic of conversation for the group, with a number commenting on the wind farm being featured in the new television commercial.

Music in the Vines Bike Ride

AGL Energy was proud to be the major sponsor of Music in the Vines for 2017.  Now in its second year, the festival was a huge success, with the crowd enjoying performances from a variety of local and national acts, and a great selection of local food and wine.  Congratulations to the Music in the Vines committee for organising such a great event and in particular, to Pieter and Michelle Badenhorst, for being such wonderful hosts!

This year, the Macarthur Wind Farm hosted a free bike ride on the morning of the festival as part of the 'Big Day Out Macarthur'. Taking in approximately 10km of established road, the track through the wind farm is great for riders of all experience levels, and all riders received discounted entry to the festival. Riders were enjoyed getting up close to the wind turbines, and took the opportunity to ask questions and share their views

AGL is pleased to work with local community groups and organisations as part of our Community Support Fund.

Macarthur Wind Farm Community Engagement Committee

The Moyne Shire Council administers the Macarthur Wind Farm Community Engagement Committee (CEC).  The CEC meets regularly, and is comprised of the Mayor, two Councillors, and up to four community members, along with two AGL representatives.

The most recent meeting was held on site in August 2017, where the focus was on permit conditions and community updates.

The CEC’s purpose is to:
1) To provide advice on strategies to ensure the effective flow of information to and from the community regarding the Macarthur Wind Farm.
2) To act as a conduit for information flow between Council, the project proponent and the community, regarding the Macarthur Wind Farm.

The Macarthur Wind Farm’s Charter can be found here.  For further information, contact Moyne Shire Council.

AGL met with a Moyne Shire Council Officer in December 2016 to receive an overview of the CEC’s activities and to discuss opportunities going forward.

Hawkesdale P12 Hands on Learning Program and Presentation Night 2016

AGL is pleased to continue supporting the Hawkesdale P12 College’s Hands on Learning program for the 2017 school year. In December 2016, AGL attended a tour of the College, where staff provided a detailed overview of the Hands on Learning centre and results of AGL’s contribution. AGL also attended the End of Year Presentation Night along with Member for South-West Coast Roma Britnell, Moyne Shire Council Mayor Jim Doukas, and other local business representatives. Discussions were held with the school community regarding opportunities for collaboration going forward, including tours of the wind farm.

Complaint evaluation and response procedure

AGL takes all concerns and complaints seriously and aim to respond to all correspondence in a timely and effective manner. The Complaint Evaluation and Response Procedure, outlines AGL’s complaint response procedure, which has been endorsed by the Minister for Planning. 

Comments received from the community have been taken into account and included where appropriate in the final version.

Click here to view the final approved version of the procedure.



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