THE company behind the proposed Bowmans Creek Wind Farm near Muswellbrook will host four information sessions this month to provide an update on the project.
Epuron is set to stage meetings at the McCullys Gap Community Hall on November 20 (4pm-6pm), Muscle Creek Fire Station on November 21 (4pm-6pm), Hebden Hall on November 26 (4pm-6pm) and Mt Pleasant Public School on November 27 (4pm-6pm).
The development, about 10km east of town, would involve the construction, operation, maintenance and, eventually, the decommissioning of up to 80 turbines.
"We'll continue to collect feedback from the community to ensure any identified issues are addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)," project manager Julian Kasby said.
"Members of the Epuron team will be at the sessions, so it's a great opportunity to have your questions answered.
"People are invited to drop in at any time."
Earlier this year, the company submitted a scoping report to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE), describing the project and was, subsequently, issued Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs).
Specialist consultants have been undertaking various studies required for the EIS, including impact appraisals for visual amenity, construction and operational noise, ecology, heritage and transportation of equipment for construction.
To reserve a time at any of the four sessions, contact Julian Kasby on 8456 7400.
If you cannot attend in person, but would like to catch up, phone Brett Peterkin on 0414 389 519 to arrange a suitable alternative.
Meanwhile, the DPIE has appointed Dr WEJ Paradice AM as the Community Consultative Committee (CCC) chair.
Epuron is still calling for expressions of interest for the project's CCC.
More information about member's roles and selection criteria can be found on the website, along with the nomination form, at https://epuron.com.au/wind/bowmans-creek/downloads
Applications must be lodged by December 6 and addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org