New layout for proposed Keyneton Wind Farm

7 December 2011

Pacific Hydro returned to the communities of Keyneton, Sedan, Cambrai and Eden Valley with the new updated proposal for a wind farm to be located in the eastern Mt Lofty Ranges.

“Following public consultation sessions and environmental assessments, Pacific Hydro has updated the proposal and has further reduced the number of turbines to 42 in total, comprising 22 in the north and 20 in the south.” said Mr Lane Crockett, General Manager Australia.

“Pacific Hydro held several community sessions in the area in June and September and has continued to engage with community stakeholders throughout the project’s development.

“We have applied community and other stakeholder feedback in making adjustments to the proposed layout as well as being informed by formal flora and fauna assessments, landscape visual assessments and cultural heritage surveys.

“Initially, our early layout that we consulted immediate neighbours about in 2009 had 60 turbines and the layout we presented at the public consultation sessions earlier this year had 57 turbines. This new layout with 42 turbines reflects our responsible approach to the environmental assessment and community consultation process and we now look forward to taking the revised project forward.” said Mr Crockett.

At the public consultation sessions, some concern was expressed about the potential use of the Angaston-Sedan Road between Angaston and Keyneton for over-dimensional vehicles.  Following this feedback, Pacific Hydro is consulting further with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Mid Murray and Barossa Councils to confirm suitable routes for over-dimensional vehicles.

If the proposed development is approved, it will bring employment opportunities during the construction phase and there will also be a need for ongoing staff to manage the wind farm.

Local communities would also benefit from the Sustainable Communities Fund which will operate for the life of the wind farm providing annual grants for local sustainable community projects and programs.

A community information “drop-in” stand is proposed monthly from January 2012 to provide local community members with a further opportunity to speak to us directly about the latest information, plans and opportunities.  Further information regarding this information stand will be provided in the near future.

For further information about the community information “drop-in” stand, please contact 1800 730 734 or enquiries@pacifichydro.com.au.