This page provides stakeholders with regular feedback from studies that have been conducted on the Bango Wind Farm site. These studies contribute to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that must be submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment for planning approval.
Electrical Connection Assessment : Expected Mid 2012
Connection routes to the nearby electricity network are included as part of the proposed development. In tandem, grid connection agreements will be secured through detailed electrical assessment with the network operator.
Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment : 27th Sep 2016
Landscape architects are commissioned to analyse the existing environment, and assess the visual effects of the wind farm. Photomontages will be created as part of this process showing how the wind farm will look from a variety of locations, with the resulting images uploaded to the website in due course.
As part of the process we have issued a dedicated Landscape and Visual Impact Public Opinion Survey to those in the project locality, and on this website. If you wish to be directly included in this process, please contact the Project Manager.
Environmental Noise Assessment : 27th Sep 2016
This assessment examines any potential noise impacts from the proposed development to ensure that the wind farm complies with current wind farm noise standards.
Part of the process is to locate noise monitoring equipment at select neighbouring residences to measure background noise over a period of two weeks. This in combination with noise prediction modelling of the proposed development will determine whether modifications are required with respect to current wind farm noise standards.
Concerns regarding the adverse health impacts of wind turbines have come into public debate. While a range of anecdotal effects have been reported, there is no published scientiﬁc evidence to support adverse effects of wind turbines on health. The attached Public Statement by the National Health Medical Reasearch Council provides the facts.
Wind turbine Noise and Health - the FACTS
Cultural Heritage Assessment : 27th Sep 2016
This study will review the potential impact of the project on indigenous heritage values. Through consultation, literature reviews and field surveys, mitigation measures will be ascertained that are consistent with Government guidelines. CWP Renewables will work closely with the local indigenous communities to ensure the wind farm does not adversely affect heritage values.
Ecology Assessment : 27th Sep 2016
Ecology assessments review the potential impact on flora and fauna, and completed by experienced ecologists who combine local knowledge/research with on site surveys to determine the likely impacts.
Despite the proposed development being for a renewable source of energy production, there will be permanent on-ground impacts as a result constructing the project. Those flora and fauna species and habitat communities we cannot avoid or fully mitigate will require offsetting. We therefore welcome feedback from any locally based landowners that may be interested in assisting us with providing an 'Environmental Offset'.
Traffic and Transport Assessment : 27th Sep 2016
This assessment will look into both the effects of construction traffic and potential transport routes to the wind farm.
Aviation Assessment : 27th Sep 2016
This study will review the effects the wind farm may have on the safety and/or regularity of aircraft operations in the area. This includes civilian and military operations, including local super spraying and private light aircraft usage. Key consultees include; the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Airservices Australia, Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia (AAAA) and the Department of Defence (DoD).
Socio-Economic Assessment : 27th Sep 2016
This assessment will address matters relating to land value, mineral exploration, tourism, community wellbeing and community fund, and impacts to the local economy that are note otherwise addressed in any of the other key assessments of the Environmental Assessment.
The impact of wind farms on land values is often raised as a concern by community members. The attached report commissioned by the NSW Valuer General, published in August 2009, provides insight in to the debate. The main finding for those wind farms assessed was that they did not apper to have negatively affected property values in most cases. Results also suggested that a property's underlying land use may also affect sensitivity to price impacts. Moreover, the inconclusive results to the hypothosis are in line with other studies that have considered the potential impact of wind farms on property values.
NSW Valuer Generals Report - Aug 2009
Communications Assessment : 27th Sep 2016
This study will assess the potential interference caused to licensed radio services, television broadcasts, microwave linking, RADAR and other networked services in range of the wind farm site.
Fire and Bushfire Assessment : 27th Sep 2016
This study will assess the potential fire and bushfire risk as a result of the proposed development. The assessment will consider the existing situation, potential for impacts during construction, operation and decommissioning, and present appropriate management and mitigation measures to address any identified risks.
Water Assessment : 27th Sep 2016
This assessment will address water supply and any associated impacts as a result of the proposed development to water conditions in the locality.
General Environmental Assessment : 27th Sep 2016
This assessment will address matters relating to climate, air quality, soils and landforms, waste, respond to key statutory consultees with interests in the land and construction impacts that are note otherwise addressed in any of the other key assessments of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Geology and Civil Engineering Assessment : 27th Sep 2016
Understanding the geological formation of the site is essential to determining civil engineering design limitations. For instance, solid rock formations may reduce the need for broad 'gravity-float' foundations through the use of rock anchors; or whether excavated rock is suitable for use as road base.
We would be interested to hear from local landowners that have existing quarries on their properties that could provide suitable material.
Water and sand are also key material inputs in to the construction process, and therefore knowlege of where these can be sourced locally is welcomed.
Bango Wind Farm Economic Impact Report : 6th Nov 2017
Essential Economics Pty Ltd were commissioned to undertake an independent study of the expected economic impacts of the Bango wind farm on the local area, both during construction and during wind farm operation.
The study assumes a wind farm of 150 MW capacity, and the impacts can be scaled up or down depending on the actual installed capacity. It found:
|- $320 million in investment
||- 40 FTE jobs
|- 390 FTE jobs (direct and indirect)
||- $65 million local economic stimulus
|- $4.1 million local wage spending stimulus
||- $12 million to councils via rates and Community Fund
Statement of Commitments : 27th Sep 2016
The Statement of Commitments is a review of all management and mitigation measures mentioned in previous chapters that will be addressed by the proponent pending consent for the development.