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