This project has the potential to deliver significant economic benefits to greater NSW and in particular the Broken Hill region.
AGL prefers to use local or regional companies where possible. In addition, the local community will benefit through a substantial number of construction and operational jobs becoming available during both the construction and operational stages of Silverton Wind Farm. These will include jobs covering civil and electrical construction, operation and maintenance, and services to support these workers.
AGL is committed to developing the Silverton Wind Farm in a way that minimises adverse local impacts and maximises the benefits of the project to the local community and broader population. Stage 1 of the project would offer the following broad benefits:
The Silverton Wind Farm Community Engagement Plan has been developed to provide a framework for how AGL, with support of the two main contractors GE-CATCON and Transgrid, intend to consult, engage and communicate with the community and stakeholders about the Silverton Wind farm during the construction phase of the Project. The community engagement plan has been designed to deliver on AGL’s commitments under our Community Engagement Policy (February 2017) and to meet the relevant legal, regulatory and stakeholder obligations of the Project.
Project Modification 3 application addresses advancements in wind turbine technology since the project was approved. The key modifications are a decrease in the number of turbines from 282 to a maximum of 172, while increasing the dimensions and capacity of each turbine.
Additionally, the wind turbines and infrastructure relevant to the Concept Plan Approval (Stage 2) would no longer be developed.
The Modification 3 Exhibition period was from 5-28 August 2016 and submissions were accepted until 9 September 2016. Community drop in sessions were held at Silverton and Broken Hill on 17 August 2016. Twelve submissions were received during the exhibition period; nine from government departments and 3 from the community.
The next community meeting is to be held on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at the Silverton Municipal Chambers from 3pm to 5pm. All Welcome.
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