For a project of the size and importance of the Jupiter Wind Farm, an extensive and transparent community consultation and stakeholder engagement program is necessary to ensure the best possible outcome for all.
The community consultation activities commenced in March 2012. It began as a voluntary program although as part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project, an extensive formal statutory consultation process has been undertaken to date and will continue as the project evolves.
The program began with a series of introductory letters and fact sheets sent to residents in the area. This was followed by visits to the community and meetings with land holders across the project investigation area to answer people’s questions and discuss the proposal for a potential wind farm in the area. The community’s views and feedback are very important and are being considered throughout the entire assessment and approval process, and beyond.
The consultation program has been extensive and involved direct discussions and one-on-one meetings with members of the community, land owners and other stakeholders interested in this important project. Other forms of consultation included Information Days, Newsletters, Workshops and Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meetings. Details on the activities undertaken are available in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) report provided to the Department of Planning and Environment in October 2016 as well as the Revised project assessment in the Preferred Project Report (PPR) submitted to the Department of Planning in September 2017. A summary of these activities is provided in the table below for ease of reference.
The extensive consultations with the local community to date has been both informative and constructive. The feedback received was taken into consideration when revising the project.
The layout and design of the Project has been amended to reduce the environmental impacts across the full suite of technical areas and respond to issues raised in submissions received during the public exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The changes made have significantly reduced the visual, noise, ecological and heritage-related impacts associated with the construction and operation of the Project.
For more details on the Community Consultative Committee (CCC) please refer to the relevant section.