Have your say on the Keyneton Wind Farm

14 August 2018

The developers of a wind farm near Keyneton are asking the community to recommend which route should be used for over-sized deliveries when construction of the project begins.

Renewable energy company Pacific Hydro expects construction of the Keyneton Wind Farm to start in mid-2019. The project, which was approved in 2013, comprises 42 turbines and will generate enough electricity to power about 60,000 households a year.

A total of 126 blades, each measuring up to 65 metres long, as well as other wind turbine components and construction materials will be delivered to the site during construction.  Sixty of the blades must be transported to the southern section of the site from the Sturt Highway and Pacific Hydro is asking the community to recommend which route will have the least impact.

  • Route 1 via Stockwell Road, Mt Pleasant – Angaston Rd and Rhine Park Road is an existing route for over-dimensional loads and was approved as part of Pacific Hydro’s development application.
  • Route 2 via Halfway House Road and Blanchetown Road avoids Angaston, but would see trucks travel through Keyneton and adds 100km to each journey.
  • Route 3 also uses Halfway House Road and Blanchetown Road but Pacific Hydro would create a purpose-built road from Angaston-Sedan Road through the windfarm site.

Pacific Hydro said the company aimed to establish and maintain respectful and collaborative relationships with the communities in which it operates.

“There will be a noticeable increase in traffic in the area while the wind farm is under construction, so we’re genuinely interested in understanding if the community thinks one route is more preferable than the others,” Pacific Hydro’s Engagement and External Affairs Manager, Krista Kim said.

Community members can have their say at two Open House Conversations being hosted by Pacific Hydro on Sunday 19 August in Cambrai and Keyneton, or by contacting Pacific Hydro on 1800 730 734.

Pacific Hydro will take community feedback on board in making a recommendation to the State Authorities as part of its Traffic Management Plan, which must be approved by the State Government.

Pacific Hydro will also share information about its Community Investment Program at the Open Houses and is seeking suggestions on how the local community could benefit from the wind farm’s development.

Since its launch, the Pacific Hydro’s Community Investment Program has provided more than $2 million to over 550 sustainable projects across South Australia and regional Victoria.

Investment in Keyneton, Cambrai and surrounding communities is expected to be in the order of $70,000 a year for the life of the wind farm’s operation.

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Media Contact: Krista Kim 1800 730 734