Community Pop-up Sessions

Goldwind Australia recently hosted three community information pop-up sessions during May 2024. Goldwind Australia would like thank the hosting communities and the local community members who came to discuss the Baldon Wind Farm with us during the information sessions.

We value the community’s feedback and sharing our project design and development process, and appreciate the opportunity to provide project updates and answering questions. For those that couldn’t make the sessions and would like further information, please reach out to us. Project information can also be accessed through the link provided: here.

A big thank you to the Hay Black Sheep Cafe, the Moulamein Art Gallery and the Balranald Discovery Centre for generously hosting us.

Project Overview

Goldwind Australia are exploring the potential for a wind farm in the Hays Plain area, part of the South-West Renewable Enery Zone (REZ). Baldon Wind Farm would be located ~15 km north of Moulamein, ~55 km east of Balranald and ~75 km southwest of Hay in NSW. The project would sit within the Murray River and Hay Shire Council areas and is adjacent to the Edward River Council area to the east.

The project is  located on two landowner properties where sheep farming is currently the dominant activity. Wind monitoring on site is underway and we are now undertaking detailed site investigations and surveys to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to apply for planning approval.

It’s anticipated that if constructed, the project could generate the equivalent to the amount of electricity required to power over 700,000 average NSW homes. The project would also deliver significant regional economic investment and local community benefits. 

Project Status

As the project progresses through the early stages of development and pursuing relevant planning approvals and consents (see summary figure on the right), we will be carrying out further community engagement sessions to involve the community. Refer to the timeline below that shows future community involvement during the EIS phases. We are currently preparing the EIS documentation which will be submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) by August 2024

The project is considered State Significant Development (SSD) under Schedule 1 of the State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011. Consent is being sought under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979. A Scoping Report was submitted to DPE in 2022. The DPE has issued the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) which will be addressed in the EIS.

As part of the environmental assessment process, we are carrying out detailed site investigations including flora and fauna, heritage surveys, noise and visual impact assessment and traffic and transport studies. The results of these studies, as well as feedback from the community, will help us to refine the current preliminary layout of the potential wind farm.

 

NSW SSD timeline - EIS Phase

Contact

If you would like to ask a question or request any further information, please fill out the form to the right. We will respond as soon as possible.