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Oaklands Hill Community Matters

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The AGL Oaklands Hill Wind Farm produces 63 MW of clean, green energy - enough to power approximately 28,000 average Australian homes annually.

Benefit for the Community

  • AGL has established a community fund to support local projects. Funding will be allocated through consultation, ranking and agreement with local recognised community associations.
  • In addition to the community fund, and in association with the Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, AGL has also committed funding towards Brolga Habitats and salinity management. 
  • AGL is committed to ongoing monitoring, offsets and local community investment for the life of the project, to conform to planning permits.
  • AGL will continue with its strategy of building long term local partnerships by investing in the local community.
  • AGL reduces risk to the environment and minimises its environmental impact by integrating considerations of environmental sustainability into all activities. Key considerations for AGL and its stakeholders in minimising environmental impact include pollution prevention, promotion of waste minimisation, reuse and recycling, the efficient use of resources such as water and energy and protecting cultural heritage.

Peaks and Trails Festival of Running

AGL is proud to be the major sponsor of the Peaks and Trails Festival of Running for the third year in succession. Peaks and Trails is a picturesque run starting and finishing in the heart of Dunkeld. The weekend offers something for all levels of trail enthusiasts with access to beautiful Southern Grampians trails and a number of private trails normally inaccessible to the public. A team of five AGL runners will be participating this year. AGL attended a committee meeting with organisers, and discussed opportunities for partnership and promotion of the event. More information can be found here.

The AGL Ultra Marathon – part of the Peaks and Trails Festival of Running – has been run and won, with over 60 taking part in the 50km run.

Sponsored through the Oaklands Hill Wind Farm Community Support Fund, the Festival attracted over 300 competitors – up around 50% on last year.

Australian Ultra Marathon Team member, Kellie Emmerson, dominated the Ladies Open categories, taking out both the Mount Abrupt Challenge (a 6km run up the mountain) and the Ultra Marathon – on consecutive days… and in record times!

For the first time, a team of AGL runners took part, with Rawle Kendall (Accountant, New Energy), Natalie Blair (FP&A Manager, Sales and Marketing), and Hoang Nguyen (Asset Performance Analyst, Wind and Solar) doing the business proud.

The team was joined by Natalie’s running club mate, Amelia Griffo, after James Bower had to withdraw at the last minute with a broken foot.

The team put in an outstanding effort:

  • Rawle completed the 26km event in 3:12, finishing 27th overall and 11th in his age group.
  • Natalie completed the 11km event in 1:13, finishing 21st overall and 4th in her age group.
  • Hoang completed the 26km event in 2:52, finishing 15th overall and 8th in his age group.
  • Amelia completed the 26km event in 3:06, finishing 22nd overall and 3rd in her age group.<

Hannah Coffey, Community Relations Manager, said that AGL is very proud to be a major sponsor of the Festival.

“We’re in the business of energy and it’s great to partner with an event that so embodies high levels of energy, enthusiasm, determination and drive”, Hannah said.

“AGL is Australia’s largest operator and developer of renewable energy generation, including the nearby Oaklands Hill Wind Farm, and we are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate

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Community engagement

Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP

AGL met with Member for Lowan Emma Kealy MP in May 2017. The discussion covered local community engagement and investment from AGL, and the issue regarding mobile reception in the area.

Glenthompson Progress Association

AGL Oaklands Hill was pleased to attend the Glenthompson Progress Association Meeting on 3 May 2017, to provide an overview of AGL’s operations and to provide the community with an opportunity to share their views. The Committee discussed the Community Support Fund for Oaklands Hill and opportunities to support local projects. Salinity and Brolga projects were also discussed.

Southern Grampians Shire Council Meeting

AGL attended a meeting with Southern Grampians Shire Council staff on Monday 19 December 2016 to discuss the Oaklands Hill Wind Farm, and opportunities for partnership with the Glenthompson Progress Association.

 

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