Hills of Gold Wind Farm

Once constructed will provide renewable energy to power 185,000 average Australian homes

The proposed Hills of Gold Wind Farm is located about 5km south of Hanging Rock and 8km south-east of Nundle and is contained within three Local Government Areas: Tamworth Regional Council, Upper Hunter Shire Council, and Liverpool Plains Shire Council.

The Project will involve the construction, commissioning and operation of a wind farm with up to 70 wind turbine generators and associated ancillary infrastructure to support a generating capacity of up to 420 megawatts. Once constructed, it will supply up to 1,100 gigawatt hours per annum, the equivalent energy to power 185,000 average Australian homes.

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Key highlights of the Project:

  • Construction of the Project is expected to start in early 2022
  • Over 215 direct jobs and about 430 indirect jobs expected during the construction phase
  • About 30 permanent jobs and 50 indirect jobs when operational, including the opportunity to develop new skills in the region within the growing renewable energy industry
  • Up to 70 wind turbines, each with a generating capacity of up to 6MW per unit
  • Hills of Gold Community Enhancement Fund to be established, with a commitment of $2,500 per turbine per year installed and operating, expected over a period of at least 25 years.


70 turbines
420MW of electricity generation
Powering 185,000 homes
Generating capacity of up to 6MW per turbine
Hills of Gold Community Enhancement Fund of $2,500 per turbine p/a
30 permanent jobs when operational

Project News

Submission of Environmental Impact Statement – 27 November 2020

We’re pleased to announce the lodgement of the Hills of Gold Wind Farm Environmental Impact Statement and the forthcoming commencement of public exhibition. The Environmental Impact Statement is now available, and a public exhibition will commence from Wednesday the 2nd of December until the 29th of January 2021. This is an opportunity for the community to better understand the outcomes of surveys and to view the detailed assessments that have been carried out over the past two years. There are several ways for people to find out more information about the proposed development.

1. Community Information Hub

A community information hub will be set up in the supper room of the Nundle War Memorial Hall from the 7th of December till the 29th of January 2021. The information hub provides an opportunity to speak with project representatives and to view project information including high quality public viewpoint photomontages and posters that summarise the chapters in the Environmental Impact Statement. As the Community Information Hub will be operating with COVID safe practices all community members will be required to book a visit. To make a booking please contact: Aref Taleb Email – info@hillsofgoldenergy.com Call – 0435 135 937

2. NSW Major Projects Website

All documents prepared as part of the Environmental Impact Statement will be available through the NSW Planning Portal Documents can be downloaded from this website

3. Nundle Library

The community can visit the Nundle Library during opening hours and view or borrow the following information:
  • 2 sets of enlarged and high-quality public viewpoint photomontages, one on display and one for borrowing.
  • Pre-loaded USB drives with copies of the Environmental Impact Assessment will be available for borrowing.
  • A printed version of the Environmental Impact Assessment
 

Planning and Approvals

New South Wales has a robust and thorough planning assessment process that requires extensive environmental assessment, design and community consultation to finalise an application that is acceptable for approval. This process has been designed for the protection of the local community and ecological environment.

Community

Our responsibility to the community is to ensure there is transparency regarding the status and assessment of the project and that there are continuous opportunities for concerns to be raised. We will be actiely engaging local community members to provide input and feedback based on information shared within community meetings or through our website

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