Drop-in information sessions

Windlab is hosting a series of drop-in information sessions for the Junction Rivers project in your community in September.
Come and meet with the Junction Rivers team to learn more about the value of the project for the region and how your community can get involved, and provide your feedback on the project’s design, construction and operations approach.

Wednesday 13 September
4 – 7pm | Kyalite Pub and Store

Thursday 14 September
1.30 – 3.30pm | Tooleybuc Mensforth Park

Friday 15 September
10am – 1pm | Balranald Discovery Cafe
4 – 7pm | Balranald Ex Services Club

For more information Contact Us

Windlab Community Grants


Windlab is inviting members of the Balranald, Tooleybuc, Goodnight & Kyalite communities to be part of its Pilot Grant Program.

  • Community members can apply for a grant totalling up to $40,000. The minimum grant is $5,000
  • Community members can apply to be part of the evaluation of the grant panel

To apply and for more information please visit: burrawongwindfarm.com/community/ or contact Lisa Mango on 0429 276 698 or email Lisa at [email protected]

Reconciliation Action Plan artwork commissioning

Expression of Interest

Reconciliation Action Plan | Artwork commissioning

BRIEF

Windlab is committed to recognising the unique place that Australia’s First Nations Peoples and cultures hold in the Australian landscape.

Windlab has developed a Commissioning Project to source artwork for the Windlab Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) publication.

The clean energy transition is a priority focus at all levels of government in Australia and a significant opportunity exists to provide meaningful opportunities for First Nations Peoples to achieve at their full potential through employment, procurement, and business engagement in the sector.

Windlab’s priority is to establish and develop respectful, trusting, and mutually beneficial relationships with First Nations communities across Australia, and support opportunities for Traditional Owners to shape the direction of renewable energy developments on Country.

Windlab’s RAP framework and process is our opportunity to use our renewable energy projects to elevate Indigenous voices, support the preservation of culture, language and knowledge, promote active land management and environmental protection by Traditional Owners incorporating First Nations knowledge and techniques, and partner to deliver meaningful employment, education and enterprise outcomes for First Nations Peoples. In this way, Windlab aims to support Indigenous people to shape the direction of renewable energy developments on Country and across Australia.

Windlab encourages artists to bring their own interpretation to the project. However, Australia’s sun, wind and diverse regional landscapes, as well as the role of partnerships, mutual respect and collaboration in progressing reconciliation could form a basis for inspiration.

ABOUT WINDLAB

Windlab is the 100% Aussie-grown global renewable energy company championing Australia’s clean energy transition.

We exist to go BIG on renewables. Fully integrated across the entire renewable energy value chain, Windlab uses world leading science to find, construct and operate Australia’s top-performing renewable energy projects.

For almost 20 years, Windlab has applied Australian-developed, world-leading atmospheric science, modelling, and wind energy assessment technology to find, construct and operate the nation’s top wind energy projects.

The communities that host Windlab’s projects are long-term stakeholders. Windlab respects the needs and wishes of Traditional Owners and communities and prides itself on driving positive socio-economic outcomes for local people in regional Australia.

Windlab takes its environmental obligations seriously, and we work with experts, communities and partners to minimise our impact and protect environmental values.

Windlab is headquartered in Canberra and has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Townsville, Ararat and Hughenden.

For more information about Windlab, visit www.windlab.com.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Provide best practice planning that will incorporate provision for this artwork commission from the earliest stages of planning, design and resourcing.
  • Support a First Nations artist through the commissioning of artwork. The cultural knowledge and artistic skills of the artist who contributes to the RAP publication will be recognised and valued.
  • The artwork will reflect a responsive design approach that embodies the identity of First Nations People.
  • The artwork will demonstrate appropriate aesthetic appeal and as well as cultural integrity.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS FOR FINAL ARTWORK

  • Artwork must be unique and original.
  • The work must be a 2D work on paper or canvas.
  • Artwork must be a minimum size of 55cm x 75cm and maximum size of 90cm x 120cm.
  • Artist must include an artist statement that explains the artwork.

ENTRY CONDITIONS

  • 200 to 300-word response to the brief detailing your interest in this project.
  • 200-word description of your art practice and experience.
  • Artist CV including contact details.
  • Sketch or design of the proposed work.
  • At least four images of relevant examples of recent work (JPEG/PNG format)

SELECTION CRITERIA/JUDGING PANEL

Expressions of interest will be shortlisted in consultation with Windlab’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group and Executive Management team.


BUDGET

  • $5,000 excluding GST for artist/s, materials, and licencing fee.

Note: Windlab will enter into an agreement with the successful artist and will require the use of the artwork for promoting Windlab, nationally and internationally.

  • Windlab will cover the cost of freight/display of the original artwork at Windlab’s Head Office in Canberra.

TIMELINE

  • Expressions of Interest must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, 23 November 2022
  • The successful artist will be notified no later than 5pm on Friday, 25 November 2022
  • The artwork must be completed and received by Windlab no later than Friday, 6 January 2023

SUBMISSION

Please submit all expressions of interest electronically to [email protected].

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

All general queries relating to this project should be sent to:

Lara Lavers

Senior Manager Corporate Affairs

p. 0403 595 359 | e. [email protected]

Update on Burrawong Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee


Communities around the proposed Burrawong Wind Farm have told Windlab that another committee is not their preferred way to provide input into the project, so a Community Consultative Committee will not be established.

As part of Windlab’s commitment to working with the community, it has taken on board the feedback that people are already involved in many committees.

In March Windlab called for nominations for a Community Consultative Committee and received just two from community members and one each from Balranald and Murray River councils.

Mr Darryl Watkins, the nominated independent chair for the proposed committee said he acknowledged that every community is different and he encouraged people to continue to contribute. “Windlab had been consulting with the community on the establishment of a Community Consultative Committee. Based on this consultation, Windlab informed me that there was limited interest from the community in the committee.”

Windlab is committed to an open and inclusive approach to engagement and wants to ensure that its engagement approach suits the needs of the community.

To continue to share your feedback, including preferred ways of being involved in the consultation process, a feedback form can be found from

www.burrawongwindfarm.com/have-your-say/ or you can email [email protected] or phone 0429 276 698

Read Full Media Release

Calling for nominations from community members to join the Community Consultative Committee

The proposed Burrawong Wind Farm reached a significant milestone after the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (the Department) issued Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the project in December 2021.

The project, located about 15 km south of Balranald, is being developed by Windlab, an Australian renewable energy company. Windlab’s General Manager Development, Dr Nathan Steggel, stated: “We would like to thank all of the residents and businesses that have participated in consultation to-date and we are eager to continue engaging and finding innovative ways that the community and region can benefit from this exciting project.”

As part of ongoing consultation, Windlab is establishing the Burrawong Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee. The Department recently appointed Darryl Watkins as independent Chair of the Committee.

“We look forward to working with Darryl who was selected for his extensive experience in stakeholder and community consultation and an understanding of the regulatory requirements for State significant projects. These are key skills for such a project,” Dr Steggel said.

Applications close on 3 April 2022 and Windlab encourages people who are passionate about representing and acting in the interests of the Balranald and Kyalite communities to apply.

You can read more information about the project and nominate to be on the Committee from   www.burrawongwindfarm.com/project/consultative-committee/

Community drop-in sessions were held in both Balranald and Kyalite in July

Windlab will now include the community feedback from these sessions within the Scoping Report for submission to the DPIE. Below is a downable resource with the key information that was shared at these drop-in sessions. The communities that host Windlab projects are lifelong stakeholders and Windlab invites your feedback throughout the whole process.

For more information Contact Us

Windlab seeking community feedback on proposed wind project in the Balranald and Kyalite area

ABC Mildura Swan Hill interview with Dr. Nathan Steggel, Windlab’s Head of Development about the proposed Burrawong Wind Farm in south-western NSW.

“In the past 5 years renewable energy projects have popped up right across NW Victoria and SW NSW. Many companies have chosen to make the most of the regions sunny climate by installing solar farms. But one company has it’s eye on land around Balranald for a wind farm.”

ABC Local Radio, Warrambool Breakfast Show 21/06/2021

Listen to ABC Audio

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For more information about the project, read Burrawong Wind Farm | Windlab

Windlab invites you to drop-in during sessions time to talk about a possible wind farm

Windlab invites people from the Kyalite and Balranald area to drop-in during session times below to talk about a possible wind farm

Download Media Kit 405KB and 2 pages; quotes, local feedback and photos

Community Drop-in Sessions will be held Balranald and Kyalite;
Balranald – CWA Rooms from 3-7pm on Wednesday 21st July
Kyalite – Thursday 22 July from 9am – 1pm at Kyalite Pub and Caravan Park. Hard Copies of the Survey will be made available at Balranald Shire Office, Moulamein Business Centre and Kyalite Pub.

“A wind farm presents an opportunity to diversify the local economy and industry in your area in a way that is compatible with existing agricultural activities. This means, farming can continue around the wind turbines. Windlab Head of Development, Dr Nathan Steggel said “Windlab prides itself on developing top performing projects that provide genuine regional benefits. We look forward to engaging with the Balranald and Murray River communities and wish to explore ways of providing local benefits and opportunities.”

For more information, read Project Overview