Bowmans Creek Wind Farm Update - March 2022
Following the public exhibition period, Epuron’s response to submissions and a number of changes to the project design to further reduce impacts, the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) issued a request for further information and Epuron has submitted its response. The additional information provides further clarification on mitigation options for potential visual impacts and biodiversity offsets.
The development application is now being assessed by the DPE and Epuron anticipates a decision within the next few months. The assessment documentation is available on the project’s profile page in the NSW Government’s Major Projects Portal.
Increased community benefits
A Community Enhancement Fund for the project has been increased significantly, with the previous commitment of $3,000 per installed wind turbine boosted to $3,400 per installed wind turbine, per annum, indexed to CPI. Based on the proposed layout of 56 wind turbines this would amount to at least $190,400 per year to support community projects and initiatives for the life of the wind farm.
Resident owners of a dwelling within 5 km of a wind turbine are also being given the opportunity to benefit through a Neighbour Agreement if the residence is within 3 km of a wind turbine or the Neighbour Benefit Program for those with a residence between 3 to 5 km from a wind turbine. More details are available on the Community page.
Epuron and Ark Energy
In December 2021 after a strategic review into potential new investment Epuron signed a sale agreement with Ark Energy Corporation Pty Ltd, an Australian subsidiary of Korea Zinc Co. Ltd.
There are some steps to be completed before the sale is finalised and further information will be available in future updates . Plans for Bowmans Creek Wind Farm will not be affected by the change in ownership. For more information on Ark Energy visit arkenergy.com.au