Hills of Gold Preservation Inc (HOGPI) commends Tamworth Regional Council's draft submission expressing concerns/objection to Engie's proposed Hills of Gold Wind Farm, near Nundle.
Council's submission raises considerable doubt about whether the proposed site is suitable for such a large-scale renewable development.
The proponent's EIS lacks critical engineering detail for new roads to transport turbine components, direct and indirect biodiversity and heritage impacts, and accurate site-specific soil information with consequences for turbine and road building.
Details are missing on tree removal in villages and roadside clearing, direct impacts to residents on the transport route from blade trespass, and decommissioning (including landfill).
It describes extensive disturbance and clearing of 513ha, removing koala habitat, pre-European old growth forest and remnant native vegetation, and ignores potential impacts to Ben Halls Gap Nature Reserve and Crawney National Park.
The proposal is surrounded by non-associated landholders, and there are still nearby residents who have not been consulted.
The EIS understates the impacts of construction traffic, noise and visual amenity, while overstating potential benefits such as ongoing jobs.
TRC supports renewables developments with its involvement in Dungowan Dam Pumped Hydro Energy Storage, approval of Tamworth Solar Farm, and support for Manilla Community Renewable Energy Inc. Solar projects in the pipeline include Middlebrook Solar Farm and Westdale Solar Farm.
Hills of Gold Wind Farm is not needed at a cost to the environment, does not have community consent, and should be rejected by the state government.
Megan Trousdale, Hills of Gold Preservation Inc, Communications Sub-Committee Chair
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