Mid-Western Regional councillors and their request for Crudine Ridge Wind Farm’s environmental assessment to be placed on public exhibition for a second time have met opposition from the development’s proponent.
Wind Prospect CWP Head of Development, Ed Mounsey, has criticised a report before Council on Wednesday, July 24, labelling it “incorrect and misleading”.
“To say Wind Prospect CWP have no experience in transporting [overweight and oversize] loads is misleading and disappointing to hear,” Mr Mounsey said.
“We advised Council that, as with all of our key assessments and contractor engagements, we select experienced specialists to undertake the work. Indeed in this instance the Route Survey Report was undertaken by Downer Infrastructure and Rex Andrews, both experienced in the transportation of wind farm components.”
Wind Prospect CWP announced changes to its preferred access routes on July 11 after meeting with Council.
At the time Wind Prospect CWP said the change for over-size vehicles from the north to travel via the Castlereagh Highway, through Gulgong and Mudgee town, and on to Aarons Pass road were in response to original public submissions on the environmental assessment.
Originally a preferred access route was planned for over-size vehicles to travel via the Castlereagh Highway, then on to Hill End, Windeyer, Pyramul and Aarons Pass Roads – avoiding Mudgee town.
Mr Mounsey said the company will shortly be providing the Department of Planning and Infrastructure with its Response to Submissions and Preferred Project Report which details answers to the submissions received during the exhibition period and outlines the changes proposed to the project.
He said it was also disappointing to read Council is again concerned about footing the bill for road upgrades.
“Never once has this been suggested by Wind Prospect CWP. We have only sought to argue that the extent to which Council is suggesting upgrades is inappropriate, and as such we have proposed alternatives,” Mr Mounsey said.
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