100 years of progress for Mundoora and electricity

11 October 2012

This weekend (13-14 October) Mundoora will step back in time to celebrate its history and its journey over the last 100 years.

Over this time, the township of Mundoora has seen many changes – from farming practices, to how we travel and communicate. But one of the biggest changes over that time has been electricity.

“Wind energy is part of the history of the area in and around Mundoora,” said Pacific Hydro’s General Manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett. “Many homesteads in the region used small wind turbines as their first source of electricity. Today the area is connected to the electricity grid and wind energy plays an important role in the region and across the state.”

With the township celebrating its 100 years since proclamation this weekend, there will be opportunities to look at how life has changed and what has stayed the same. An historic display, a social dance, book and canvas sales, food stalls, a book launch, a parade and many more activities will be held to celebrate achievements and changes that have taken place in the community.

“Pacific Hydro’s Clements Gap Wind Farm is less than 6km from Mundoora and you get a great view of the wind farm from the town centre. We are proud to be making a positive contribution to the area, not just in terms of clean energy and local jobs but also by supporting the sustainability of communities like Mundoora.”

“South Australia is a great example of how wind energy does work. Around a quarter of the state’s energy comes from wind farms which has resulted in Playford B and Northern being switched off,” said Mr Crockett.

But while Australia needs to look to the future of energy generation, the dedication of the Mundoora Progress Association is still firmly rooted in old fashioned community spirit and commitment to getting things done.

With a grant from Pacific Hydro, the team have spent countless hours labouring away to ensure the centrepiece of their celebrations – the Mundoora Soldiers Memorial Institute – is fit for a centenary birthday.

“We’ve been really impressed with what the team have done in such a short space of time,” said Mr Crockett. “We congratulate the Progress Association on their work and we wish the town all the best for their celebrations.”

Pacific Hydro is proud to support community groups such as the Mundoora Progress Association through the Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund and look forward to continuing this relationship for the operating life of the Clements Gap Wind Farm.