Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment : Expected Early 2018
Landscape architects are commissioned to analyse the existing environment, and assess the visual effects of the wind farm. Photomontages will be created as part of this process showing how the wind farm will look from a variety of locations, with the resulting images uploaded to the website in due course.
As part of the process we issued a dedicated Landscape and Visual Impact Public Opinion Survey at the Public Open Day 29th February 2012. It was also avaliable on this website. If you wish to be directly included in this process, please contact the Project Manager.
Acoustic Assessment : Expected Early 2018
This assessment examines any potential noise impacts from the proposed development to ensure that the wind farm complies with current wind farm noise standards determined by the Director General's Environmental Assessment Requirements.
Part of the process is to locate noise monitoring equipment at select neighbouring residences to measure background noise over a period of two to six weeks. This in combination with noise prediction modelling of the proposed development will determine whether modifications are required with respect to current wind farm noise standards.
Recently concerns regarding the adverse health impacts of wind turbines have come in to public debate. While a range of anecdotal effects have been reported, there is no published scientiﬁc evidence to support adverse effects of wind turbines on health.
Ecology Assessments : Expected Early 2018
Ecology assessments review the potential impact on flora and fauna, and completed by experienced ecologists who combine local knowledge/research with on site surveys to determine the likely impacts.
Despite the proposed development being for a renewable source of energy production, there will be permanent on-ground impacts as a result of constructing the project. Those flora and fauna species and habitat communities we cannot avoid or fully mitigate will require offsetting. We therefore welcome feedback from any locally based landowners that may be interested in assisting us with providing an 'Environmental Offset'.
Cultural Heritage Assessment : Expected Early 2018
This study will review the potential impact of the project on indigenous heritage values. Through consultation, literature reviews and field surveys, mitigation measures will be ascertained that are consistent with the Director General's Requirements. Wind Prospect CWP will work closely with the local indigenous communities to ensure the wind farm does not adversely affect heritage values.
Traffic and Transport Assessment : Expected Early 2018
This assessment will look in to both the effects of construction traffic and potential transport routes to the wind farm.
Aviation Assessment : Expected Early 2018
This study will review the effects the wind farm may have on the safety and/or regularity of aircraft operations in the area. This includes civilian and military operations, including local super spraying and private light aircraft usage. Key consultees include; the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Airservices Australia, Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia (AAAA) and the Departmentt of Defence (DoD).
Communications Assessment : Expected Early 2018
This study will assess the potential interference caused to licensed radio services, television broadcasts, microwave linking, RADAR and other networked services in range of the wind farm site.
Fire and Bushfire Assessment : Expected Early 2018
This study will assess the potential fire and bushfire risk as a result of the proposed development. The assessment will consider the existing situation, potential for impacts during construction, operation and decommissioning, and present appropriate management and mitigation measures to address any identified risks.
Water Assessment : Expected Early 2018
This assessment will address water supply and any associated impacts as a result of the proposed development to water conditions in the locality.
General Environmental Assessment : Expected Early 2018
This assessment will address matters relating to climate, air quality, soils and landforms, waste, respond to key statutory consultees with interests in the land and construction impacts that are not otherwise addressed in any of the other key assessments of the Environmental Assessment.
Socio-Economic Assessment : Expected Early 2018
This assessment will address matters relating to land value, mineral exploration, tourism, community wellbeing and community fund, and impacts to the local economy that are not otherwise addressed in any of the other key assessments of the Environmental Assessment.
The impact of wind farms on land values is often raised as a concern by community members. The attached report commissioned by the NSW Valuer General, published in August 2009, provides insight in to the debate. The main finding for those wind farms assessed was that they did not apper to have negatively affected property values in most cases. Results also suggested that a property's underlying land use may also affect sensitivity to price impacts. Moreover, the inconclusive results to the hypothosis are in line with other studies that have considered the potential impact of wind farms on property values.
NSW Valuer General Report - Aug 2009
Electrical Connection Assessment : Expected Early 2018
Connection routes to the nearby electricity network are included as part of the proposed development. In tandem, grid connection agreements will be secured through detailed electrical assessment with the network operator.
Statement of Commitments : Expected Early 2018
The Statement of Commitments is a review of all management and mitigation measures mentioned in previous chapters of the Environmental Assessment that will be addressed by the proponent pending consent for the development.