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Project Approval

The Silverton Wind Farm was approved on 24 May 2009 under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) by the then NSW Minister for Planning.  This approval was based on the Environmental Assessment for the proposed Silverton Wind Farm, prepared by NGH Environmental, dated August 2008.  The approved project is then described in the Preferred Project and Submissions Reports which was finalised in January 2009.  AGL acquired Silverton Wind Farm Developments Pty Ltd in March 2012 and subsequently received approval for modification 1 (11 April 2014) and modification 2 (June 2016) in order to extend the commencement date of construction.

AGL progressed modification 3 to the approved project in 2016 to take advantage of advancements in wind turbine technology since the project was approved in May 2009.  The key modification was to decrease the number of wind turbines and increase the dimensions and capacity of each turbine.  Modification 3 was approved by the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) on 22 December 2016 for the construction and operation of 167 wind turbines and associated infrastructure including a ~24km transmission line from TransGrid’s existing 220kV substation in Broken Hill.

The documents associated with the original project approval, modification 1, modification 2 and modification 3 are shown below.


Project Approval

Environmental Assessment

Response to Submissions

Determination

 




Overall Environmental Management Strategy

AGL prepared the Overview Environmental Management Strategy (OEMS) for the construction of the Silverton Wind Farm in accordance with condition 1 (schedule 4) and condition 17 (schedule 2) of the project approval in order to provide a strategic framework for delivering environmental management during the construction of the wind farm.  The 200 MW Silverton Wind Farm will consist of two main scopes of work:

  • Wind Farm Works: 58 x wind turbines and associated infrastructure
  • Connection Works: 220kV wind farm substation and transmission line

This strategy includes the overview environmental management activities for delivering the project such as the Community Consultative Committee (CCC) which is described in the Community Engagement Plan.




Wind Farm Works Environmental Management Strategy and Plans

GE-CATCON has prepared the Environmental Management Strategy for the Wind Farm Works in accordance with condition 1 (schedule 4) of the project approval and has been approved by the Secretary.  The associated environmental management plans shown below have also been prepared in consultation with the relevant government agency, local leaseholders, Aboriginal stakeholders and to the satisfaction of the Secretary.

  • Biodiversity Management Plan (condition 18, schedule 3)
  • Heritage Management Plan (condition 21, schedule 3)

The Road Upgrade and Maintenance Strategy (condition 24, schedule 3) and Traffic Management Plan (condition 27, schedule 3) have been conditionally approved by the Secretary.

The Silverton Windfarm Project holds Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) No 20882 for its construction in the Silverton Common, which is a Crown Reserve Trust. Part 5.7A of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (NSW) and the Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009 (POEO(G)Regulation), requires CATCON as holder of an EPL to prepare, keep, test and implement a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP).

CATCON is required to publish its procedures for communicating with the community and contacting relevant authorities when an incident occurs. View copies of the Incident Notification Protocol and the Community Notification Protocol for the Silverton Windfarm Project. The public can notify CATCON of an incident by calling the 24 hour answering service on 1300 677 423.




Connection Works Environmental Management Strategy and Plans

TransGrid has prepared the Environmental Management Strategy and associated plans for the Connection Works in accordance with condition 1 (schedule 4) of the project approval and has been approved by the Secretary. The associated environmental management plans shown below have also been prepared in consultation with the relevant government agency, local leaseholders, Aboriginal stakeholders and to the satisfaction of the Secretary.

  • Biodiversity Management Plan (condition 18, schedule 3)
  • Heritage Management Plan (condition 21, schedule 3)
  • Construction Traffic and Access Management Plan (condition 24 and 27, schedule 3)



Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

The Silverton Wind Farm was referred to the Federal Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts on 15 April 2009 and determined that the proposed action is not a controlled action. This means that the project does not require further assessment and approval under the EPBC Act before it can proceed.  Additional information is available on the Federal Department of Environment and Energy website http://www.environment.gov.au/epbc.

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