AGL meets with Silverton community to discuss proposed Traffic Management Plan

AGL Energy Limited (AGL) demonstrated today that it continues to remain engaged with the community of Silverton, as the team met with locals and relevant authorities to present and discuss a draft Traffic Management Plan for the proposed Silverton Wind Farm.

The draft Traffic Management Plan outlines how the increased traffic, especially heavy vehicles during peak construction periods, would be managed for the proposed project to minimise any impacts on Silverton’s and Broken Hill’s traffic flow, livestock movements and its vital and vibrant tourism industry.

AGL' Manager Power Development, Neil Cooke, believes that gaining feedback from the community, Broken Hill Council and relevant authorities on the draft Traffic Management Plan is an important part of AGL’s community engagement program.

"We have consulted with the surrounding communities extensively prior to drafting this plan and look forward to again working together to ensure we come up with the best possible outcome for everyone.

"AGL understands the importance of minimising the impact of construction traffic and we are also proposing that heavy vehicles travelling to the project site up the Barrier Highway do not pass through Broken Hill," Mr Cooke said.

AGL's community engagement team will also join Mr Cooke at the Silverton Community Consultative Committee meeting later today to address questions the community may have about the proposed Silverton Wind Farm project.

AGL will make a decision about the viability of the proposed Silverton Wind Farm project once there is more certainty around the Australian Government's 2020 Renewable Energy Target, with another review of the scheme legislated to occur in 2014.

For further information please contact the AGL Community Relations Hotline on 1800 039 600 or visit agl.com.au/silverton.

About AGL

AGL is one of Australia's leading integrated renewable energy companies and is taking action toward creating a sustainable energy future for our investors, communities and customers. Drawing on over 175 years of experience, AGL operates retail and merchant energy businesses, power generation assets and an upstream gas portfolio. AGL has one of Australia's largest retail energy and dual fuel customer bases. AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including hydro, wind, landfill gas and biomass. AGL is Australia's largest private owner and operator of renewable energy assets and is looking to further expand this position by exploring a suite of low emission and renewable energy generation development opportunities.