25 November 2011
NewEn Press Release
You may be aware that our application for a four-month extension to our planning permit for the Salt Creek Wind Farm (near Woorndoo) was rejected in a 4/3 vote by the Councillors of the Moyne Shire Council at Tuesday’s meeting.
Obviously we are very disappointed by the decision – which would have enabled us to start construction of the wind farm by March 2012 – and have decided to appeal. The development of the project has taken a long time so far, however we are concluding the final requirements right now and feel it unjust, should the permit be terminated at this time.
We have invested considerable time and finances to meet the requirements of our planning permit – which involved 47 conditions and more than 150 sub-conditions – including a detailed Traffic Management Plan, which was developed in conjunction with VicRoads and the Council.
If our appeal is successful we would expect construction of the wind farm of up to 15 turbines to start by March of next year. It is intended these works will comply with any new Council policies or guidelines, even though our permit would not require us to do so.
The Salt Creek Wind Farm is a $60 million project, which will provide numerous benefits to the local community. NewEn appreciates the interest so far from locals keen to provide their services as part of this substantial process.
We also value our relationship with local communities and encourage anyone with any queries to contact us direct on 1800 122 823.
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