NSW Planning Dept Review Proposed Collector Windfarm – Call for Submissions

The New South Wales Department of Planning has extended its call for submissions on a proposed wind farm project near the township of Collector—located on the ‘strategic corridor’ between the nation’s capital, Canberra, and largest city, Sydney.

RATCH-Australia Corporation propose building 68 wind turbines to generate up to 228 megawatts of zero-carbon electricity. The $350 million project would:

  • Generate enough electricity to power 80,000 homes annually.
  • Help Australia meet the 2020 Renewable Energy Target.
  • Establish a $200,000 ‘community benefit fund’ once the project is operational.
  • Create approximately 100 jobs during construction and 10 to 15 permanent jobs.

Despite the many benefits of wind energy (for example), such projects often catch the attention of anti-wind energy interests. ‘As we know, the organised campaign against wind energy tends to get a disproportionate amount of coverage in the media,’ says Cam Walker, Friends of the Earth campaigns coordinator. ‘This skews the debate and suggests there is greater angst about wind energy than is actually the case.’

If you live in the neighbourhood and support renewable energy, please make a submission today – it will only take a few minutes. Your personal views will add an authentic local voice to the decision-making process and help counter the spin of anti-wind energy interests. Please encourage your friends to also write a submission.

The community will have until Monday 24 September 2012 to make submissions. Submissions can be:

  • Faxed to (02) 9228 6455;
  • Posted to Major Projects Assessment, Department of Planning & Infrastructure, GPO Box 39, Sydney NSW 2001; or,
  • Emailed to plan_comment@planning.nsw.gov.au.
  • Online submissions can be made at the Department of Planning website.

4 thoughts on “NSW Planning Dept Review Proposed Collector Windfarm – Call for Submissions

  1. Wind farms are unsightly, a blight on the landscape and not as efficient as one is led to believe. Solar is now as affordable and far less obtrusive as wind turbines. Get behind solar energy as the best renewable energy.
    Yes to solar!

    1. “Solar is now as affordable [and far less obtrusive] as wind turbines” .Please provide some costs/analysis to support this statement and an indication of whether you’re referring to photovoltaic, solar thermal, roof top, large scale etc…

  2. Apples and oranges. Different scales, different generation capabilities. Solar is fixed by day length — wind by the weather patterns. They are actually quite complementary. And as far as I can tell the “wind farms are unsightly” viewpoint is actually not that widespread.

  3. Robin, what is your experience with wind turbines?

    I along with many others disagree with your opinions. If you are concerned about blights on landscapes, are you demonstrating against the expansion of coal mines?

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