About the project
We are currently investigating the possibility to develop a wind farm in the Amphitheatre area in central Victoria. The proposed Ben More Wind Farm would be installed on a site stretching several kilometres along the Ben More range between the towns of Amphitheatre and Lexton.
The wind farm will include up to 60 wind turbines installed over the site as well as electrical infrastructure to enable it to be connected into the national energy grid. It is estimated that the project would require investment of more than $250 million and will bring jobs and economic benefits to the area during the construction phase of the project and over its operating life.
Initial studies suggest that the site is well suited for the development of a wind farm. Wind speeds across the range are ideal for harnessing this renewable energy source. Current estimates suggest that the wind farm would produce enough clean energy to provide power to approximately 80,000 Victorian homes.
What opportunities are there for community input into this proposal?
We have a proud history of developing positive long-term relationships with the communities in which we work. We see this is a two-way process. Gaining local knowledge and understanding community views will be
important considerations for us in undertaking the various technical studies and assessing the potential of the site to host a wind farm. We are committed to involving the community throughout the development process and we undertake to provide information in a timely and transparent manner.
We expect that the local community will have a range of views about this project and we anticipate that these views will allow us to develop the best project possible.
There are a number of ways that you can gain information on the project and contribute to the development process, including:
- The windfarm website www.windfarms.net.au will provide regular updates on the development of the project and will provide up to date information on the proposal at this website
- Community open house information days. We will advertise any future community information days well in advance and will work to ensure all interested parties have a chance to find out more and share their views on this project
- Regular community newsletters, which will be produced periodically through out the development and construction phases of the project
- Representatives are available at request for one-on-one meetings with interested or concerned parties
- Correspondence via telephone, email or letter to Project Manager, Nick Valentine
We have also made a commitment to Pyrenees Shire Council to keep them informed throughout the project.
|Ben More Wind Farm Booklet||August 2010||2.6 MB||Download|
|Ben More Wind Farm Community Newsletter Issue 1||August 2010||2.2 MB||Download|
|Ben More Wind Farm Community Newsletter Q and A||September 2010||604 KB||Download|
Project Development Manager
Email: Nick Valentine