Western Power Drops In

Welcome back to Redgum Village from our flying friends from Western Power.

The Power Plus guys and Aero Power from Qld have been here a few times now and is always a thrill to see and hear a chopper landing in the back carpark.

Details for western power sub contractors here

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Moyne wind farms approved

THE horizon across the Moyne Shire is set to be dominated by nearly 200 wind turbines around 180 metres high after the state government signed off on three new wind farm planning permit amendments.

Ryan Corner, 12 kilometres north-west of Port Fairy, Hawkesdale and Dundonnell are the locations for the massive wind farm projects estimated to be worth more than $1 billion. The state government on Wednesday announced amended permits had been approved for the developments.

The Moyne Shire is set to have more turbines, only higher, like these at the Macarthur wind farm, thanks to the state government issuing three amended planning permits.

The size of turbines at all sites have been upgraded with the height of the 88 at Dundonnell now 189m, up from 164m in the original permit. As a comparison, Mount Warrnambool stands at 200m.

The proponent of the wind farm is Tilt Renewables, which had scope to build 96 turbines in its first permit. More than 200 jobs will be created through the three-year construction stage.

Tilt Renewables is related to the company associated to the Waddi wind farm project at Badgingarra – Dandaragan.

Global Power Generation Australia is behind the projects at Ryan Corner and Hawkesdale.

Turbines at both sites will stand at 180m, up from the 126m limit from the original permit which was issued in 2008.

Ryan Corner will be home to 56 turbines, down from 68, and Hawkesdale is down from 31 to 26.

The amended permits come despite some public concerns about the growing heights of wind turbines.

A Global Power Generation Australia spokesman said the construction of Ryan Corner and Hawkesdale would be a joint project.

The cost of the project is forecast to be $500 million and will provide 160 jobs during the construction period, which is set to begin in 2019.

Once operational, the wind farms are expected to employ 15 people on an ongoing basis.

The spokesman said the wind farms will achieve an output of more than 300 megawatts, enough energy to supply every household in Warrnambool.

Acting Minister for Planning Lisa Neville backed the projects.

“We are in the business of supporting clean energy because it means more jobs in rural and regional Victoria,” Ms Neville said in announcing the amendment approvals.

“Renewable energy technology is advancing at a rapid rate. These common sense amendments will ensure the wind farms will be equipped to operate at optimal levels.”

The spokesman for Global Power Generation Australia said the go ahead for the Moyne wind farms depended on the state government’s renewable targets auction.

Global Power Generation Australia will put in a tender for the auctions in February and expects to hear if that bid is successful in July.

The spokesman said without a contract from the auctions, which would last for 15 years, the financial certainty would not be there to proceed with the project.

story by Anthony Brady

Murra Warra Wind Farm

RES has been granted planning approval for Murra Warra Wind Farm, 25 kilometres north of Horsham in the State of Victoria, Australia.

The site is on land between the Henty Highway and the Blue Ribbon Road to the east of the crossroads at Murra Warra. When completed it will be one of the largest wind farms in the southern hemisphere, with 116 state-of-the-art wind turbines providing up to 420 MW of generation capacity. The wind farm, owned by RES and Macquarie Capital, will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of up to 248,000 households in Victoria, displacing over 1.3 million tonnes of greenhouse gases per year.

The $650 million project will take approximately two years to complete. A consortium of large energy users, led by Telstra, has announced it has entered into long-term power purchase agreements covering the 226 MW first stage of the wind farm. The members of the consortium include ANZ, Coca-Cola Amatil, Telstra and the University of Melbourne.

“This is our second big project in Victoria and when it is constructed RES will have brought over $1 billion in new renewable energy projects to the State” said RES Australia Chief Operating Officer Matt Rebbeck. “RES operates in 10 countries and is the world’s largest independent renewable energy company. We are very proud of Murra Warra which is a fantastic project with a high level of community support. Telstra has co-ordinated another landmark deal, which underwrites the first stage of this wind farm, which will bring investment and create a real jobs boost for regional Victoria, and reduce Australia’s emissions”

Tim Bishop, Head of Macquarie Capital, added that Macquarie has a substantial and long-standing commitment to renewable energy internationally including on and offshore wind projects in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas and that, increasingly, large users of energy are contracting directly with renewable energy producers. Macquarie sees this direct engagement as a meaningful contributor to the world’s transition to a lower carbon economy.

The company is currently two thirds of the way through construction of the 75-turbine Ararat wind farm, a 240 MW project that is expected to produce enough electricity for around 120,000 homes, representing 6 percent of the households in Victoria.

Image: Photomontage of Murra Warra Wind Farm

Yandin Windfarm update

Request For Amendments To Planning Approval – Yandin Windfarm

Location: Various locations within the locality of Dandaragan

Applicant: Wind Prospect WA Pty Ltd on behalf of Yandin Wind Farms Pty Ltd.

File Ref: Development Services App / Development

Application / 2011 / 14 &15

Disclosure of Interest: None

Date: 13 December 2017

PROPOSAL

This application is to amend the Yandin Wind Farm planning permit submitted by Wind Prospect Pty Ltd (WPPL) on behalf of the proponent, Yandin Wind Farm Pty Ltd.

BACKGROUND

The proposed Yandin Wind Farm is located approximately 3.3km south of the township of Dandaragan within the Shire of Dandaragan, Western Australia and 170km north of Perth. The site covers an area of approximately 15,000 hectares.

A planning permit for the Yandin Wind Farm was issued by the Shire of Dandaragan in January 2012. In April 2015 the Shire approved an application to extend the Yandin Wind Farm planning permit until January 2020. In September 2017 the Shire approved the relocation of the transmission line route to the west of Brand Highway, in accordance with the wind farm planning permit advice note.

This application comprises a request to approve the following amendments to the current planning permit for the Yandin Wind Farm:

  1. Amendment to the dimensions of wind turbines including an increase to the maximum tip height of the wind turbines (the height from ground level to the highest point of the blade tip of each wind turbine) from 152 metres to 180 metres and

increasing the maximum hub height of the wind turbines (the height from ground level to the central point of blade rotation) from 100 metres to up to 112 metres.

  1. Minor amendments to the wording of existing planning permit conditions.
  2. Increase the number of permanent wind monitoring masts from three to six and their height from 100 metres to up to 112 metres.

This application for the proposed amendments to the planning permit is to be assessed in line with the provisions of:

  • Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Scheme No. 7 (LPS7);
  • Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Strategy – Rural Land Use and Rural Settlement;
  • Planning Bulletin 67 – Guidelines for Wind Farm Development;
  • Environment Protection Bulletin no.21 – Guidance for wind farm developments; and

The original planning permit application lodged in 2011 was referred to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for assessment with a decision of “Not Assessed – Public Advice Given”.

COMMENT

The applicant has submitted the following comments and details in support of the amendments;

Amendment to the dimensions of wind turbines

Wind turbine technology has been continually advancing since the original planning permit was issued for the Yandin Wind Farm in 2012. The latest generation of wind turbines available are increasingly exceeding the dimensions provided for in the original planning permit approval being a tip height of 152 metres (the height from ground level to the highest point of the blade tip of each wind turbine) and a hub height of 100 metres (the height from ground level to the central point of blade rotation). Raising the maximum allowable tip height of the wind turbines from 152

metres to 180 metres and the maximum allowable hub height of the wind turbines from 100 metres to up to 112 metres at the Yandin Wind Farm will allow for more modern wind turbine models to be installed which are generally more efficient, quieter and costeffective.

In addition, the additional clean electricity generated by the larger wind turbines would allow the generation from the site to be maximised.

The original planning permit application and the original planning permit conditions did not specify a maximum wind turbine capacity and confirmation is sought that no such maximum wind turbine capacity therefore applies to the permit.

Updates to the wording of the existing planning conditions

Proposed amendments to the wording of existing planning permit conditions with an explanation for the proposed amendment are detailed in the Table below. The existing planning permit conditions are provided in full in the attachments.

Table

Proposed amendments to the wording of existing planning permit conditions with justification for the proposed amendment.

Approval condition no. 8

Proposed amendment Explanation

The proponent shall notify property owners with land within 5km of approved wind turbine locations of

the potential for interference to TV reception from the wind farm and offer residents with a dwelling

located within 5km of a wind turbine a pre-construction and post-construction assessment of television reception. The proponent shall remedy any reception problems attributable to the presence of the wind farm at dwellings located within 5km of approved wind turbine locations as at January 2012.

The term ‘nearby’ in the current Condition 8 is imprecise and open to interpretation.

12 Reference to WA EPA noise guidance 2007; replace ‘dated’ with ‘as at’?

Reference to the SA EPA Noise Guidelines ‘July 2009’.

To align with the updated Guidelines that have been applied in the updated attached noise report.

13 Add “or background +5dB whichever is the higher” after the words “exceed 45dB(A)”.

Depending on the level of background noise, the limit could otherwise be less for noise sensitive premises located within the wind farm boundary compared with those located outside the wind farm boundary.

14 Replace reference to ’10 minutes LAeq’ with ‘LA90’.

This reflects the relevant reference from the 2009 SA EPA Noise Guidelines, consistent with the

proposed amendment to Condition12.

18 Remove this condition in its entirety

This is a requirement by law and is therefore not required as a planning permit condition.

20 Replace ‘Department of Environment Conservation’ with ‘Department of Biodiversity,

Conservation and Attractions’ Department of Environment

Conservation (DEC) no longer exists. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

(DBCA) has taken over the relevant functions of DEC.

24 Replace the current condition with “The proponent shall provide an appropriate viewing area and/or information display at appropriate location(s) agreed with Council.”

The amendment provides greater flexibility for the Shire to determine what is most appropriate at the

time of construction.

25 Add “except where higher security fencing is required for safety and security purposes” after the words “post and wire”.

Rural construction fencing is not appropriate for all applications and could lead to unacceptable OHS and security risks at locations such as the on-site substation, operations and maintenance

compound and temporary construction compounds.

Increase the number of permanent wind monitoring masts from three to six

The original planning permit allowed for the construction of three permanent wind monitoring masts. An amendment to the number of permanent monitoring masts is sought that increases the number from three to six. An amendment is also sought for an increase to the height of the masts from 100 metres to up to 112 metres to align the masts with the proposed increase to the wind turbine hub height. The field of wind monitoring, wind forecasting and the terms and conditions of wind turbine warranties are evolving and these amendments will ensure that the wind resource

monitored at the project site post construction can adequately meet its required functions.

Proposed deletion of Condition 18 has been raised as an issue in discussions with neighbours. The current condition states;

  1. In relation to the concerns raised in the letter from the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation dated 02 June 2011, the proponent shall, prior to commencement of construction, implement necessary strategies to mitigate any future noise non-compliance that may arise from the construction or operation of the Wind Farm.

This matter was discussed extensively in the Council Minutes 15 December 2011. The following is part of that discussion. A copy of the full minuted comments are provided in the attachments.

With respect to the possibility of one of the neighbouring landowners seeking to construct an additional dwelling in the area potentially exposed to non-compliant noise levels, while there are approximately 3532ha around the Yandin wind farm, it is

questionable whether landowners would choose to locate an additional dwelling within these portions of their property. If they did, the additional dwelling would be a permitted use under Local Planning Scheme No.7 (i.e. a use not requiring planning approval).

There are some smaller lots north of the Yandin Wind Farm that are entirely within the modelled 35dB(A) contour line, a couple having frontage to a public road. All of these lots form part of larger landholdings. There is a possibility that the small lots with existing road frontage could be sold and application made to construct a dwelling. There is also a possibility that application could be made to rationalize boundaries of existing landlocked lots to create lots within the 35dB(A) contour line with road frontage, thereby creating the same potential situation.

The Shire of Dandaragan draft Local Planning Strategy – Rural Land Use and Rural Settlement indicates planning approval should be required for any additional dwellings on lots in the Rural zone.
The local planning scheme could be amended to give Council discretion to approve applications for planning approval within the modelled 35dB(A) noise contour and to factor consideration of noise buffer requirements for the wind farms into the assessment of those proposals, as recommended by the Office of the EPA. This would, however, transfer responsibility for resolving the problem of land use conflict to the local government via its local planning scheme. It would be preferred if the matter could be appropriately addressed by Wind Prospect as part of gaining approval.

 

To this end, recommended Condition 18 requires the proponent to implement necessary strategies to mitigate any future noise non-compliance that may arise from the construction or operation of the Wind Farm prior to

commencement of construction.

Wind Prospect is in the process of preparing legal agreements to send to affected surrounding landowners hoping to get their agreement to not do anything to cause new dwellings to be located in the potentially noise affected area. If landowners refuse to sign the agreement, then there is a possibility of a dwelling being placed on lots owned by them in the affected area. In the absence of a planning or legal mechanism to prevent this from occurring, there is a risk for Wind Prospect and/or the future developer in leaving this possibility open because if noise levels as a result of the adjoining wind farm are found to not comply with noise regulations, the wind farm operator could be required to take such remedial actions as required to ensure compliance.

Recommended Condition 18 requires the potential for this situation to arise to be addressed prior to construction and Wind Prospects is already working towards achieving that.

Noise Assessment

ViPAC prepared a Noise Impact Assessment for the Yandin Wind Farm in December 2010 to support the Environmental Statement that comprised the original planning permit application. ViPAC has reviewed this assessment and produced a revised assessment of the potential impacts of the proposed amendments to the planning

permit for the Yandin Wind Farm, modelling a worst case wind turbine model compared to other potential candidate wind turbine models. Their report is provided in Attachment 10 (in the report sent by DropBox link). A summary of their findings is provided below.

 Given the proposed amendment of increasing the maximum hub height, the predicted noise levels are assessed against the SA EPA “Environmental Noise Guidelines: Wind Farms 2009”

(using hub height wind speeds); this would also provide for compliance with the 2003 guidelines used in the original assessment;

 The predicted noise levels for the wind turbine layout satisfies

the criteria and requirements of the SA EPA “Environmental Noise Guidelines: Wind Farms, 2009” at all relevant (not involved in the wind farm) receivers. The noise levels also comply with the criteria for the receivers that are involved with the wind farm;

 Due to the absence of noise characteristics (such as tonality, impulsiveness, modulation or low frequency components), no penalty adjustments are required to be applied to the levels;

 A noise assessment of the proposed substations and transmission lines has shown that there are likely to be no noise impacts;

 Even though noise levels may meet the criteria, people residing near wind farms may experience or be aware of the noise generated by the wind farm. This new type of noise source may have a character with which people may be initially unfamiliar and, even though wind farm noise is typically steady and broadband in nature, people may notice features at times, usually barely or faintly.

Conditions 12 to 18 of the current planning permit relate to noise and require that the final wind farm design meets applicable noise standards and that a post-construction monitoring program be implemented to verify compliance. Variations to some of these conditions have been proposed.

Avifauna and Fauna Assessment RPS Australia completed the following assessment reports for the Yandin Wind Farm to support the Environmental Statement that

comprised the original planning permit application.

 Fauna Assessment in October 2010;

 Avifauna Assessment in November 2010;

 Flora and Vegetation – Environmental Impacts and Management in March 2010 (prepared by Outback Ecology for RPS Australia); and

 Targeted Level 1 Vegetation and Flora Assessment in March 2010 (prepared by Outback Ecology for RPS Australia).

RPS Australia has reviewed the assessment reports prepared in 2010 with regard to the original proposed infrastructure layout and considered any potential impacts associated with the proposed increase in wind turbine tip height from 152 metres to 180 metres.

Their findings are reported in a statement, a copy of which is provided in Attachment 12. A summary of their findings is provided below.

  • The proposed increase in tip height from 152m to 180m increases the potential rotor swept area of the wind turbines, which previously ranged between 40 metres to 152 metres above the ground level, to range from 12 metres to 180 metres above the ground level;
  • The open country (cleared) locations selected for wind turbine sitings are of relatively low habitat value for birds, with greatest species diversity associated with areas of structurally diverse native vegetation;

 RPS (2010a) identified that the conservation significant fauna species that may be potentially impacted by Yandin Wind Farm were Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo and the Peregrine Falcon;

 Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo were recorded flying through the lower lying areas and valleys and not at the higher topographies on which the wind turbines are located by RPS (2010a), indicating that the wind turbines are located outside of existing flight paths of this species. The presence of Peregrine Falcons at the Yandin Wind Farm is only known from one recording of the species (RPS 2010a), indicating that the wind farm site does not represent significant habitat for this species;

 Informed by the findings of RPS (2010a) and RPS (2010b), the risk to these conservation significant bird species from the proposed 28 metre increase to the size of the minimum and maximum wind turbine tip height is not expected to significantly

increase;

 The approved wind turbine locations within the Yandin Wind Farm have been placed to avoid areas that may be used extensively by flying bats and insects in order to minimise the hazards and potential impacts to local bat species;

 RPS (2010b) considered that the potential adverse effects on terrestrial fauna from the wind turbines would be limited to collisions of bats with wind turbine blades and assessed the level of risk to terrestrial fauna to be low. This is because the species likely to be present on site and that may fly at rotor swept area of the wind turbines are common and widespread.

Condition 19 of the current planning permit requires that a clearing permit is obtained in accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Protection (Clearing of Native Vegetation) Regulations 2004. A clearing permit was obtained from the Department of Conservation in February 2012 in relation to the original proposed infrastructure layout.

This clearing permit has expired and a new application will be made to the Department of Environment Regulation. Condition 20 requires the development

and implementation of an Avian Fauna Collision Risk Monitoring Program.

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment GHD prepared a Report for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for the Yandin Wind Farm in September 2010 to

support the Environmental Statement that comprised the original planning application. GHD has reviewed this assessment and assessed the potential impacts of the proposed amendments to the planning permit for the Yandin Wind Farm and reported their findings in an addendum report, a copy of which is provided in Attachment 9. A summary of their findings is provided below.

Photomontage images and Zone of Visual Influence (ZVI) diagrams to inform the GHD assessment are included in the GHD report in Attachment 9 (in the report sent by DropBox link).

 There would be a marginal to imperceptible increase in impacts associated with the increase of tip height of the turbines from 152 metres to 180 metres even when taking the marginal increase in hub height from 100 metres to up to 112 metres into

account. Much of the change to the updated view-sheds relates to the middle ground and middle-distance views where the increased height may result in more turbines being visible;

 The nature of the study area landscape is such that it has an inherently large capacity to absorb a land use with pronounced structures, such as a wind farm. The wind turbines can be regarded as an ‘additional’ man-made element within a broad

landscape that contains many other man-made structures, including power lines, transmission towers, farm buildings, roads, fence-lines, etc;

 Within the Dandaragan township the visibility of wind turbines will be moderated and obstructed by street and residential landscaping, buildings and other township structures. The most northerly wind turbines are likely to be more visible from the

southernmost point of the Dandaragan township when travelling south, with the closest turbine being 3.3 km away. Substantial roadside vegetation on the west side of this road will obstruct views of the western side of the wind farm. The proposed

increased height will have an imperceptible impact on the overall visibility from this location;

 While the western edge of the proposed Yandin Wind Farm site will be visible from sections of the Brand Highway for both north bound and south bound traffic, this visibility is in fact very limited in extent and duration. There would be a marginal to

imperceptible increase in visibility due to the increase of the height of the turbines;

 As previously assessed, the Yandin Road Lookout is orientated toward the more distant westerly views, although it was acknowledged that the western end of the wind farm will encroach on this view, to some extent, on the north and south margins of this panorama. The proposed height increase will have a limited overall impact on visibility at this location;

 Concurrent with the previous assessment, the addendum report concludes that there would be marginal visual impacts on the regional or local landscape quality;

 The proposed increase to the wind turbine tip height and hub height will also be marginal with an imperceptible difference between the current approved and proposed amended wind farm envelope.

Shadow Flicker Assessment

Wind Prospect Pty Ltd prepared a shadow flicker analysis to inform the Environmental Statement that comprised the original planning application in 2011. This shadow flicker analysis was recently repeated by Wind Prospect to assess any potential increased impact of shadow flicker at sensitive receptors, such as dwellings, resulting from the proposed increase to wind turbine tip height from 152 metres to 180 metres. Wind Prospect’s findings are reported in Attachment 13, which includes an image showing predicted shadow flicker with a wind turbine tip height of 180 metres. The results are summarised below.

 In the absence of specific guidelines relating to shadow flicker in WA, the most restrictive limits from relevant German and Australian guidelines were used as a benchmark. These guidelines set a limit of 30 hours of shadow flicker per year within 50 metres of a residence and 30 minutes of shadow flicker in any one day at a given shadow flicker receptor;

 Calculations have been made based on worst case conditions which exclude the effects of clouds, obstacles, and the variability of wind speed and direction, all of which would reduce the amount of shadow flicker experienced in reality relative to the levels predicted in the Shadow Flicker Assessment;

 Two proposed dwellings and one existing dwelling are predicted to experience more than 30 hours of shadow flicker within 50 metres of the dwelling. All three dwellings are owned by landowners involved in the project;

 Of the nine residences which might expect to receive some shadow flicker, eight belong to landowners involved in the project, with the other dwelling being unoccupied;

 The Shadow Flicker Assessment will be repeated prior to construction once a wind turbine model has been determined for construction. Mitigation strategies will be implemented if necessary to reduce shadow flicker at residences, with the agreement of the relevant landowner.

Electromagnetic Interference Assessment Electromagnetic interference (EMI) can affect radio and TV communication services. Laurie Derrick & Associates completed

the following assessments in June 2009 and September 2010 respectively to support the Environmental Statement that comprised the original planning permit application:

 Investigation of Possible Impacts on Radio communication Services; and

 Investigation of Possible Impacts on TV Broadcasting Services.

Laurie Derrick & Associates has reviewed these previous assessments and assessed the potential impacts of the proposed amendments to the planning permit for the Yandin Wind Farm and reported their findings in a statement, a copy of which is provided in Attachment 14. A summary of their findings is provided below.

 New radio link and site mapping was generated from data from the latest ACMA Licencing Database (RRL) to ensure that any new radio or decommissioned links or sites were taken into account for determining if adequate clearance from turbines

exists.

 The analysis demonstrated that all current links have sufficient clearance to the turbine blade tips. It also showed that radio sites have sufficient buffer distances to wind turbines.

 No impact on FM or AM radio reception has been reported in Australia or overseas due to wind turbines and is not expected at this wind farm.

 The proposed larger diameter wind turbines could cause slightly greater interference potential with dwellings close to the turbines however the VAST service is available as an alternative source of TV from this satellite service which is not likely to be impacted by turbines due to the high angle of elevation to the satellite.

 

 The proposed wind farm amendments are predicted to have negligible impact on broadcasting and radio communications services.

Condition 8 of the current planning permit relates to EMI and requires that nearby residents are offered pre- and postconstruction assessment of television reception and the remedy of any problems attributable to the wind farm.

 

CONSULTATION

The Shire undertook advertising by way of letters to all affected and surrounding landowners, government agencies and aviation authorities as well as advertisements in the Redgum Reports and Sandpaper newspapers and on the Shire website. There were no submissions received during the advertising period. However notice was given of a late response from one landowner that had not been received at the time this report was prepared.

The applicant undertook the following consultation;

Key stakeholders were sent notification of the proposed amendments to the wind farm planning permit inviting comments and further engagement. The consultation process commenced in April 2017 and is ongoing.

This notification and consultation has consisted of:

Letters addressed to specific stakeholders advising of the proposed amendments distributed by email and/or mail;

Newsletter, including invitation to the Information Days, distributed by email and to mailboxes at the Dandaragan post office;

Face-to-face meetings and discussions with interested neighbouring residents;

Advertising of the Information Days in two local publications (Mid West Times and Craytales) leading up to the Information Days with the Newsletter issued to the Shire of Dandaragan for distribution;

The Information Days held at the Dandaragan Community Recreation Centre on 31st August and 1st September; and,

Launching of the updated www.yandinwindfarm.com.au website in August 2017, which contains information about the Yandin Wind Farm and the proposed amendments to the planning permit.

Copies of the newsletter and advertisement as well as responses from stakeholders are summarised in the attachments

As the Yandin Wind Farm project progresses, engagement with stakeholders will be ongoing using newsletters, letters, emails, meetings and updates to the website.

 

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

 Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Scheme No. 7 (LPS7);

 Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Strategy – Rural Land Use and Rural Settlement;

 Planning Bulletin 67 – Guidelines for Wind Farm Development;

 Environment Protection Bulletin no.21 – Guidance for wind farm developments; and The original planning permit application lodged in 2011 was referred to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for assessment with a decision of “Not Assessed – Public Advice Given”

 

POLICY IMPLICATIONS

There are no policy implications relevant to this item.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

A planning application fee to the value of $1,000 shall be paid by the applicant, being an estimate of the costs of advertising and offer time preparing report.

 

STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS

2016 – 2026 Community Strategic Plan

Goal 1: Great Place for Residential and Business Development

Objectives How the Shire will contribute

1.2 Ensure effective and efficient development and building services

1.4 Ensure Shire is “open for business” and supports industry and business development

  1. a) Process development applications and undertake building regulation functions and services
  2. b) Identify and engage with future new business and industry opportunities

 

Renewable energy projects deemed compatible with surrounding land uses should be encouraged through identification in future strategic planning instruments for the Shire, including any new municipal strategic plan, the Local Planning Strategy and new Local Planning Schemes.

 

ATTACHMENTS

Circulated with the agenda is the following item relevant to this report:

 Yandin Wind Farm Project report part 1 (Doc Id: 103551)

 Yandin Wind Farm Project report Part 2 is available via dropbox ink (Doc Id: 103607)

 Map showing properties consulted (Doc Id: 103554)

 Copy of Extract from Council Minutes 15 December 2011 – Condition 18 (Doc Id: 103553

(Marked 9.4.4)

 

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Simple majority

 

OFFICER RECOMMENTATION

That Council grant the following amendments to the current planning approval for wind farm to Yandin Wind Farm Pty Ltd;

  1. Amendment to the dimensions of wind turbines including an increase to the maximum tip height of the wind turbines (the height from ground level to the highest point of the blade tip of each wind turbine) from 152 metres to 180 metres and increasing the maximum hub height of the wind turbines (the height from ground level to the central point of blade rotation) from 100 metres to up to 112 metres.
  2. Minor amendments to the wording of existing planning permit conditions as detailed in the table below;

Approval condition no.

Proposed amendment

8 The proponent shall notify property owners with land within 5km of approved wind turbine locations of the potential for interference to TV reception from the wind farm and offer residents with a dwelling located within 5km of a wind turbine a pre-construction and post-construction assessment of television reception. The proponent shall remedy any reception problems attributable to the presence of the wind farm at dwellings located within 5km of approved wind turbine locations as at January 2012.

12 Reference to WA EPA noise guidance 2007; replace ‘dated’ with ‘as at’?

Reference to the SA EPA Noise Guidelines ‘July 2009’.

13 Add “or background +5dB whichever is the higher” after the words “exceed 45dB(A)”.

14 Replace reference to ’10 minutes LAeq’ with ‘LA90’.

18 Remove this condition in its entirety

20 Replace ‘Department of Environment Conservation’ with ‘Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’

24 Replace the current condition with “The proponent shall provide an appropriate viewing area and/or information display at appropriate location(s) agreed with Council.”

25 Add “except where higher security fencing is required for safety

and security purposes” after the words “post and wire”.

 

  1. Increase the number of permanent wind monitoring masts from three to six and their height from 100 metres to up to 112 metres.

 

info via Dandaragan shire website

 

Why we do what we do

Why do we do what we do at Redgum Village

Everyone knows the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

It’s a fact, to get the best value from your crew you need to feed them with extraordinary food, right? Men and woman.

After 17 years we subconsciously provide your crew with plentiful everyday home cooked meals. Prepared and cooked on site so our food not only tastes great its good for you.
Our owner operator head chef, Gaylene cooks for the starving crowd with diversification to suit the modern-day  working environment of construction and white collar workers.
What does that do for your company?

Your crew goes to work, has a productive day and looks forward to the days end with a large healthy dinner a high volume pressured hot shower and a comfy clean bed. That’s a normal routine. They will even talk about it at work and are happy when they come home, yes they call Redgum there home away from home.

What if we decided to cut costs to win a ridiculous quote by cutting back on the food quality with re heated pre- made dinners, cut back on staff and only cleaned their room weekly and put restrictors in the showers with heat controlled lower temperatures, all to save costs ?

The crew come home from work thinking what shit will be for tea tonight, skip the shower because its only warm and piddles out and shake yesterdays dirt out of their sheets.
Just about guarantee a few beers might get grudgingly drunk with a angry mindset to wake up to another day in a foul mood heading to work for an unproductive day.

Am I exaggerating? Could be, because we have never done this to a company seeking the cheapest price possible. We let them put their crew in a accommodation complex not designed with the 10 to 12 hour day blue / white collar workers in mind and they find out the hard way.

Cheapest is not usually the best option when food and accommodation are the main ingredients. 

It happens and that is unfortunate.

At Redgum we strive to be competitive and offer great value for money at a sustainable rate.
Usually above the cheapest so your crews are in the best shape possible at work, will be productive on the job, happy and help keep your project on budget.

If you want to cut costs on food and health and create a toxic work site unfortunately there are options out there for you.
They are not necessarily intentionally derailing your crew it’s just they are not all geared up to feed construction crews over a long period.

They have other important qualities and do very well in those areas, where as here at Redgum we commit to great food, a hot shower with a comfy bed …. K.I.S.S. 🙂 

Badgingarra Wind Farm and BMS

Alinta Energy enters into 130MW offtake agreement for Badgingarra Wind Farm

Alinta Energy today announced that it has entered into a long-term (12 year) offtake agreement with APA Group that will underpin the construction of the 130MW Badgingarra Wind Farm. The agreement includes the purchase of all of the energy along with the Large-scale Renewable Generation Certificates (LGCs) generated by the wind farm.

The Badgingarra Wind Farm will be located in Western Australia on a site that is well known for its strong wind resource and proximity to suitable transmission connection to the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).

Financial close is expected in mid-2017; subject to conditions precedent including finalisation of a transmission connection agreement with Western Power.

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Jeff Dimery, Alinta Energy’s CEO said, “This offtake agreement is another step in expanding Alinta’s renewables position. The Badgingarra Wind Farm output will complement our flexible gas generation fleet and expand on our ability to provide clean, affordable and reliable energy for our West Australian customers. This agreement complements a range of other exciting renewable generation opportunities being progressed by Alinta Energy. These opportunities have us placed to grow in an Australian energy industry that is working towards a low carbon future.

“We are also very pleased to expand and continue to develop our existing relationship with APA.”

Construction likely to be B M S

Mining Accommodation

Iluka Resources – Proposed Mining Accommodation Camp Previously Approved By The Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel – Reduction In Size – Lot 2080 Cataby Road, Dandaragan

Location: Lot 2080 Cataby Road, Dandaragan

Applicant: Iluka Resources

Folder Path: Development Services App / Development Application / 2012 / 21

Disclosure of Interest: None

Date: 7 February 2017

Author: Manager Planning

Signature of Author:

Senior Officer: Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Signature of Senior Officer:

PROPOSAL An application has been received from Iluka Resources to amend existing planning approval to commence development for a new relocated mining accommodation camp at Lot 2080 Cataby Road. The amendment is in the site layout plan only and results in a lesser sized development. An amendment (reduced site plan) application was refused at the 18 January 2017 Midwest/Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) due to a differing interpretation of the term “substantial”. Changes in the legislation that took effect from 1 February 2017 allow the Council to determine this application at the choice of the applicant.

BACKGROUND The Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel granted Planning Approval in August 2012 to Iluka Resources for a mining accommodation camp at Lot 2080 Cataby Road and relocation and redevelopment of the Tronox mining accommodation camp at Lot 2065 Cataby Road. A copy of the minutes of the August 2012 Joint Development Assessment Panel is provided in the attachments listing the approvals and conditions of approval.
The applicant proposes a lesser development for Lot 2080 than what was approved. This report does not deal with the proposed Tronox camp at Lot 2065 for which there are no proposed amendments to the size of the camp.

Council considered the application for lesser development at the 15 December 2016 Council meeting and recommended approval to the Midwest/Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).

The application for an amended reduced site plan was refused at the 18 January 2017 Midwest/Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) as the Joint Development Assessment

Panel believed that the amendment was substantial and required a new application with more detailed plans.

The applicant has requested that the Council determine the application in accordance with the amended Development Assessment Panels legislation that took effect from 1 February 2017 to allow the Council to determine this application at the choice of the applicant.

COMMENT The applicant proposes a reduction in the number of facilities and accommodation units previously approved by the Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).

The following response was provided to the Presiding Member of the Mid-West/Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP)s question prior to the Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) meeting “why the amendments, if approved, would not constitute a substantial change to the development approved in 2012”.

The online Oxford dictionary defines “substantial” as

  1. Of considerable importance, size, or worth: ‘a substantial amount of cash’
  2. Concerning the essentials of something: ‘there was substantial agreement on changing policies’
  3. Real and tangible rather than imaginary: ‘spirits are shadowy, human beings substantial’

The proposed land use for workers accommodation has not changed. The changes proposed are only related to the reduced scale of accommodation and facilities as well as changes to the layout of the proposed development.

There will be no changes to infrastructure such as waste water and power (confirmed by discussion with applicant). If the proposal were to be located in an urban or semi-rural environment, then there would be a good argument that the amendments are substantial as there would be an impact on landowners and residents in proximity to the development, which would be of considerable importance in the above definition.

In this instance, the proposal is in a remote rural environment and there will be no substantial impact on any nearby landowners or residents from the reduction in facilities and amended layout, and is therefore of minimal importance.

In addition to the above consideration, the scale (size and worth in the above definition) of the accommodation camp has to be considered in context to the overall project. The Iluka Campsite is one of two campsites proposed for a large-scale mining operation approximately 250-275 million dollars.

The large-scale mining operation does not require planning approval and is therefore not being considered as part of the development application. If the Iluka campsite is considered in isolation to the entire project, then there may be argument that it is substantial.
However when taking into consideration the entire development associated with this proposal, the scale of the amendments are minor in comparison and would not in the Shire’s opinion be “substantial”.

In summary, the Shire is of the view that the proposed amendments are not substantial when considered in context of no change to the use and purpose of the development, the remote location, lack of any impact, and the scale of the amendments when taking into account the overall project. At the Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) meeting the point was raised that the applicant could just use the existing development approval and only construct to a lesser size.

The point was also raised that it seemed overly burdensome to make the applicant go through a new application process for what is in effect a lesser development that has already been approved and will have a reduced impact on the environment and amenity.

Because the Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) refused the application, the applicant has the option of submitting a new application for the Council consider for approval. The officer recommendation is that Council grant approval for the lesser development with the same conditions of approval as granted by the Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) including any minor amendments due to changes in legislation or Government Departments.

CONSULTATION Advertising was not undertaken for the amendment. The proposed amendment is for a lesser development which is considered to have less impact on the environment and amenity than currently approved.

STATUTORY ENVIRONMENT

  • Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Scheme No.7
  • Shire of Dandaragan Local Planning Strategy Rural Land Use and Rural Settlement – Strategy 8.1.5 Workers Accommodation in Rural Areas.

POLICY IMPLICATIONS WAPC SPP 2.5- Rural Planning

The Shire of Dandaragan’s Local Planning Policy 8.2 Mining, Horticultural and Agricultural Ventures – Accommodation for Staff, aims to encourage use of facilities within townsites of the Shire except for the accommodation provided for essential key personnel which, by necessity, needs to be located onsite.

Redgum Village and other Accommodation providers in the Dandaragan Region strongly support this, as we can provide short term accommodation for these purposes.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS The applicant has previously paid all the fees necessary for this application.

STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS 2016 – 2026 Strategic Community Plan

Iluka Cataby mineral sands

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Dandaragan Medal Honors

Decades of service to the Dandaragan community has earned Frank Creagh a Medal of the Order of Australia.

Mr Creagh, now living in Busselton where he sits on the Novacare residents’ committee, received the award on Monday as part of the Queen’s Birthday celebrations.

Moving to Dandaragan to farm in 1959, Mr Creagh was quick to get involved with the local community and joined the local Shire council, setting about addressing infrastructure in the region, including badly-needed road upgrades.

“There was no sporting infrastructure,” he said. “Some of the areas didn’t even have schools.”

Among his achievements are 23 years of service as a councillor for the Shire of Dandaragan, including as deputy president and president.

He has also been chairman of the district planning strategy committee, the aquaculture planning strategy committee, an inaugural member of the Moore River Basin committee and a member of the Department of Agriculture’s land clearing ministerial committee.

He has also been active in sport, as president of the Dandaragan Tennis Club, and patron and secretary of the Dandaragan Golf Club, as well as being a justice of the peace since 1978.

Mr Creagh said he had been part of three communities — in Nungarin, Dandaragan and now Novacare.

“My wife was involved in organisations and I couldn’t have done all this without the support of family,” he said. “It was just one of those things everyone did.”

Mr Creagh moved to Busselton in 2013, closer to his daughter who is dairy farming near Cowaramup, while his son still runs the family’s farm in Dandaragan.

Still active in the community, Mr Creagh said he believed it was strong communities that led to strong local councils.

https://thewest.com.au/news/regional/medal-honours-service-and-dedication-ng-b88507936z

Western Power Subcontractors

Options for Western Power Contractors and Sub – Contractors working in the Moora – Dandaragan – Regans Ford Region:

Accommodation Package Deals:
“Includes Free Safe – Secure Off Road Truck Parking”


1) Premium Package: Accommodation and Meals:  POA

  • Ph 0429 489 479 for an individual and company quote.
  • Executive en-suite Room and 3 Meals – Early buffet breakfast, p.y.o lunch, buffet dinner
  • 24hr Ice, 24hr tea / coffee, free use of laundry, games room with pool table, darts, foxtel
  • If not too busy a real cafe coffee per day 🙂

2) Redgum Package: Accommodation and Meals:

  • long term group deals
  • En-suite Room and 3 Meals – Early buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, buffet dinner
  • 24hr Ice, 24hr tea / coffee, free use of laundry, games room with pool table, darts, foxtel
  • If not too busy a real cafe coffee per day 🙂

3) Budget Accommodation and Meals:

  • Non En-suite Room and 3 Meals – Early buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, buffet dinner

4) Living Away From Home Allowance Deal:

  • Company pays for room.
  • Budget Double Room non en-suite from $77 pp
  • En-suite room from $99 for groups and longer term
    (if available, meal package guests get preference)
  • 3 meals only, early breakfast, buffet lunch, buffet dinner $65
  • 3 meals only, early breakfast, packed lunch, plated up dinner $55
  • Or Buffet Dinner only (minimum 2 meats 5 veg 1 pasta and dessert) $35.
  • Or Plated up Dinner only $25
  • Access to full equipped communal kitchen
  • BBQ and relax area under the sails
  • Access to games room
  • Access to commercial laundry – coin operated

5) Accommodation Only: (inclusive of GST)

  • En-suite room with king single or queen size bed from $99
    (subject to availability: meal packages get preference)
  • Non en-suite Single Room with Double bed from $77 
  • Cheapest single room, single bed from $55  
  • Shared room from $33 short term
  • Weekly deals on budget rooms only POA

PLEASE NOTE:

All rooms, premium to budget have:

  • all bedding, 2 towels, soap
  • air-con – heater
  • bar fridge
  • flat screen TV
  • dvd player
  • desk, chair
  • cupboard or clothes hanging rack
  • Price is a reflection to room size and or en-suited.

Long Term rates for groups please call us for a personalised quote / deal

Evan: 0429-489-479

Office: (08) 9651-4223

Other Benefits from using Redgum Village for your power pole replacement or power related maintenance crew:

  • Can accommodate 50 workers at one location
  • Tool-box meetings
  • Safe off road Truck Parking
  • Commercial Laundry
  • Commercial ice machine
  • Protected Hard Stand area for equipment
  • On site Office with skymuster nbn internet
  • Based on a mine camp layout but privately owned
  • Cold Drinks
  • Spoil yourself once in a while with an a la cart’e restaurant meal, BYO
  • Compliant to OHS

Good enough for this group to stay here ….. Come see for yourself

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Dandaragan Windfarms

Updated Information for Wind Farm Contractors: 

Yandin Wind Farm Dandaragan

Waddi Wind and Solar Farm Dandaragan WA

Contractors Accommodation:  10 to 100 plus workers for long term:

Package Plans and Accommodation Only Options for Redgum Village Dandaragan:

Currently 52 Bedrooms with 95 beds.
Set a precedence with a company on the Dampier-Bunbury Pipeline – DDP in 2010.
Where we had shire approval for an extra 50 rooms at that time making up to 120 separate bedrooms.

Underground infrastructure still in place.
Our Mine Camp style Kitchen and Dining Room / Restaurant can handle 80 persons. An alternative option is in place for larger numbers.
The Games room – social area will be modified to suit the contractors requirements along with our own common sense policies eg: wet or dry bar – alcohol restrictions etc..

1) Contractors Premium Package Deal:

All Prices are now based per individual tender requirements:
We need to take into account infrastructure costs to suit your requirements.
Please call for a individual personalised quote.
Your own kitchen – dining area is an option.

We aim to be competitive and serve your company as how we treat people ourselves, we live here, we want you here, the town wants you here, and we will still be here after your project is finished

One person per room long term en-suited accommodation and 3 meals 

Please ring Evan 0429 489 479 or email evan@wn.com.au for your personalised long term deal for group booking.

Inclusive. Includes the following menu and all the special extras:

Cooked breakfast from the bain-marie buffet consisting of:

  • Bacon – eggs (poached and fried) – sausages – hash browns – tomato – mushrooms – bake beans – spaghetti – toast
  • Continental Breakfast of variety cereals, porridge on request, fruits, lite and normal milk, apple and orange juice
  • 24hr tea and coffee – Café coffee on request

P.Y.O Lunch Bar from cold bain-marie: Make own sandwiches, rolls, wraps or containers.

  • Several salads – several cold meats – several european tastes
  • several bread types, rolls and wrap breads
  • condiments and spreads
  • variety of fresh fruit
  • cakes – biscuits – muffins

Evening Meal from the buffet: Choice of –

  • two meats eg: beef, lamb, pork, fish
  • one wet meat eg: shepherd’s pie, casserole, stroganoff, marinated meat loaf
  • and or pasta dish eg: spaghetti bolognaise, lasagne, Gaylene special
  • all meals will include a vegetarian option
  • minimum 4 fresh vegies, 1 frozen

Soup: will be offered if required or due on demand.

Sweets or a pudding: selection every night:

  • from apple crumble to mousse to chocolate surprise to lemon meringue to tin fruit and jellies cream etc….

Special extras included in the Full package Deal:

  • ice
  • 24hr tea coffee 
  • Commercial laundry for private use
  • Plenty car and truck safe off street parking
  • Access to games and gym room
  • Self-help kitchens if required
  • BBQ and relax area under the sails
  • Toolbox meetings under the sails or in Restaurant area
  • Wifi

2) Contractors Budget Package:

One person long term per room non en-suited accommodation and 3 meals 

Please ring Evan 0429 489 479 or email evan@wn.com.au for your personalised long term deal.
 
Inclusive of all the above menu and special extras:

3-A) En-suite Room Only: 

  • Only available if room not taken as a premium package deal.
  • Living Away From Home Allowance options available, just ask.
  • Please ring Evan 0429 489 479 or email evan@wn.com.au for your personalised long term deal.

3-B) Non En-Suite Room Only: 

All Rooms en-suite and non en-suite have:

  • Either King Single, Queen, Double or Single bed and all linen / towels
  • Flat Screen Digital TV – DVD Player
  • Fridge
  • Reverse Cycle Air conditioner
  • Desk, Chair, Wardrobe

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Other points of interest.

  • We do have some executive rooms 
  • There are no self-contained cabins – no meals to be cooked in rooms
  • Selective Company staff can use our onsite office
    (as we use our home office)
  • Restaurant can also be used for Corporate Events and Team Meetings
  • Skymuster internet works quite well and wifii
  • Telstra and Optus phone coverage
  • Plenty room and precedent set with shire for temporary expansion
  • Facilities already in place for expansion from a previous installation
  • Green lawns and palm trees for the right atmosphere after a big days work
  • Generator backup
  • Pump water as well as town supply
  • Combination of Electric and Gas hot water systems
  • And yes there is more……

 

Dandaragan Township:

Convenience Shop: The Dandaragan Store – PO – Groceries – Fuel

Mechanical Services: Dandaragan Mechanical – car and truck repairs – niteroad depot

Dandaragan Shire Depot:

Dandaragan Concrete Works: David Chapman – Chappo

Dandaragan Transport x 2 Trucking Companies: Dalton Transport / RussHills

CRC: Community Resource Centre

Sports Club: Bar and Sports fields – golf course – bowling green – tennis courts

Church: St Annes

  

Further info on www.redgumvillage.com.au/dandaragan-projects/

 

Accommodation

  • Contractors
  • Project Crews
  • Solo Operators
  • Mine Camp Style
  • Tailored for Groups
  • Suitable for Individuals
  • Conference’s
  • Team Bonding
  • Private Groups
  • Weekend Retreat
  • Tourism
  • Family Friendly
  • Barn Style Restaurant
  • High Level Health and Safety


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  • Group Bookings for families and business
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  • Tailor-made Functions
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