Written by Squadron Energy |
The community enhancement fund for Jeremiah Wind Farm – which will provide annual funding for projects that benefit the local community during the life of the project – is currently on display for comment.
The community fund will be established in the form of a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) with Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council. The VPA provides the mechanism for collecting and distributing the funds to local projects.
The Draft VPA and Explanatory Note is now on public exhibition on the Council website and CWP Renewables project manager Jessica Petersen encourages community members to have their say.
“Community funds play an important role in ensuring the entire community benefits from the wind farm during its operational life,” she said.
“I’d encourage people to take the time to review the details available on Council’s website and provide any feedback. Your input is important and can help shape the outcomes of the agreement.
“Once construction starts, the wind farm would contribute $3,500 per wind turbine per year to the community fund for the life of the project. Our other wind farm projects have seen contributions through similar community funds to initiatives such as sporting groups, upgrades to Rural Fire Service property and equipment, and shading to playgrounds.”
For the first two years, funds from the Jeremiah Wind Farm VPA will be allocated to local projects in and around Adjungbilly, with projects in the local area highly regarded throughout the remainder of the agreement.
Contributions will be split between a community enhancement fund and a local road maintenance fund. The community fund will be distributed by Council for local projects in accordance with its Community Donation Policy and Procedure, with the community be invited to identify and nominate suitable projects for funding, once the fund is operational.
Submissions are being accepted by Council until 5pm Thursday 28 October 2021. To view the documents and make your submission to Council, you can do so in person, via post or email.
Submissions must be in writing and addressed to the General Manager, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council.
- Delivered to Council’s Offices in Cootamundra or Gundagai.
- Posted to: The General Manager, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council, PO Box 420, Cootamundra NSW 2590.
- Emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.