Project Approval and Documents

Gullen Range Wind Farm was granted a Project (Development) Approval from the Land and Environment Court in 2009. The Project Approval was modified in 2015, with a revised set of Development Approval conditions issued.

The current Development Approval can be downloaded here.

The following key terms are important when reading this page:

  • DA – Project (or Development) Approval
  • DPE – NSW Department of Planning and Environment
  • EPA – Environmental Protection Authority
  • EPL – Environmental Protection Licence (as issued by the EPA)

 

For details of documents considered by DPE when the wind farm was approved, please visit the DPE website by clicking here.  This link includes the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project.

The Project Approval for the wind farm was modified in 2015. For details of documents considered by DPE in 2015 when the DA was modified, click here.

Certain conditions of the DA require the production of management plans, monitoring and reports. The table below summarises each of these conditions and provides links to download these documents. Please refer to the Project Approval in conjunction with this table. The Project Approval can be downloaded here.

 

DA Condition Document for download Description
2.7 – Shadow-flicker Shadow-flicker Report Shadow-flicker assessment arising from the operation of the wind farm.
2.21 – Verification of Operational Noise Performance Operational Noise Testing Report (July 2015) An operational noise testing report (dated 17/7/15) was produced and reviewed by DPE under condition 2.21c) and d).
2.35 – Compensatory Habitat Package Compensatory Habitat Package (CHP) The CHP describes how to offset in perpetuity the value of habitat lost as a result of the project (updated July 2016).
Property Vegetation Plan (PVP) Developed in conjunction with the CHP to ensure habitat lost is offset in perpetuity.
2.54 – Pre-Construction Television and Radio Assessment Report Pre-Construction Television and Radio Assessment Report Provides an assessment of the existing quality of the television/radio transmission available at a representative sample of residential dwellings located within 5 kilometres of any wind turbine.
3.1 – Bird and Bat Monitoring Bird and Bat Monitoring Plan Describes how bird and bat monitoring is undertaken (updated in April 2016).
Bird and Bat Monitoring Reports: Year 1, Year 2 These are reports on bird and bat monitoring completed annually.
3.3 – Independent Environmental Audit Independent Environmental Audit Report NGRWF commissioned Beca Pty Ltd to undertake an independent environmental audit for the project
NGRWF audit report responses NGRWF’s responses to Beca’s audit report
5.3 – Community Information Plan Community Information Plan Describes how communications are maintained with the local community (2012). Prepared pre construction and will be updated in consultation with the Community Consultative Committee during 2016
5.2 and 5.4 – Complaints Complaints Register A register of complaints received about the wind farm, updated monthly.
5.6 – Community Enhancement Plan Community Enhancement Plan (CEP) Document defining how the Community Fund and the Clean Energy Program work.
5.7 – Community Consultative Committee CCC Advertisment, CCC Poster Advertising for members of the CCC (2015/16)
Details of Independent Chair The independent chair of the CCC is Peter Gordon, as appointed by DPE. This describes Peter’s professional background.
6.1 – Compliance Tracking Program Pre-Operations Compliance Report Reports of the compliance status of the wind farm with the DA prior to commencing operation (December 2014).
Compliance Tracking Program Sets out information necessary to the tracking of environmental compliance under Project
Approval 07_0118 (January 2017).
Annual Environmental Management Report Reports on the compliance status of the wind farm with the DA and EPL during year 2 of operation (March 2017).
7.1 – Environmental Representative Most recent report from the Environmental Representative Will be posted soon
7.4 – Operational Environmental Management Plan Operational Environmental Management Plan Operational Environmental Management Plan (November 2016). Defines how the environmental performance of the wind farm is managed.
7.7 and 7.8 – Decommissioning Environmental Management Plan Decommissioning Environmental Management Plan (December 2016) The DEMP identifies the relevant environmental issues, risks, compliance requirements and environmental commitments for decommissioning of the Gullen Range Wind Farm.

 

Gullen Range Wind Farm operates under an Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) issued by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
The current EPL can be downloaded here.

Certain conditions of the EPL require Gullen Range Wind Farm to prepare reports or undertake testing. The table below summarises these conditions and provides links to download relevant documents:

EPL Condition Document for download
Description
EPL General PIRMP The EPA requires the wind farm to have a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan, updated annually.
EPL General Operational Noise Testing Report (July 2015) An operational noise testing report (dated 17/7/15) was produced and reviewed by EPA and DPE. Testing was not a requirement of the EPL, but is relevant.
EPL U8U1.1 Supplementary Noise Testing Report (Dec 2015) EPL condition U8U1.1 required further noise testing to be undertaken (in addition to July 2015 report). This report details that testing.

 

Gullen Range Wind Farm also has several policies which are not required under the DA or EPL, but are relevant to the community. These policies are available in the table below:

Document for Download Description
Out of Hours Work Policy A policy describing the procedure for completing out of hours works on the wind farm.