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Wind Farm changes approved

posted Jun 24, 2019, 12:43 PM by 2MG Real FM
The Crudine Ridge wind farm will now have 40 fewer turbines after the Independent Planning Commission approved changes to its development consent yesterday.

Crudine Ridge Wind Farm Nominees Pty Ltd had sought to reduce from 77 to 37 the number of turbines earmarked the project.

The Department of Planning & Environment referred the matter to the Commission after it received more than 25 public objections.

Those in favour of the proposed changes spoke about the economic benefits to host landholders, local businesses and communities, as well as the improvements to local road safety through the Aarons Pass Road upgrade; while those opposed raised concerns about the environmental and ecological impacts associated with vegetation clearing along the road.

In its Statement of Reasons for Decision, the Commission concluded that upgrades to Aarons Pass Road are necessary to facilitate the construction of the Project and the reduction in the number of turbines will reduce overall Project impacts within the locality.

CWP Renewables’ project director Brendan McAvoy says that the project will employ up to 240 people during the construction period with 45 staff already based in Mudgee.

He says based on the approval, they expect to restart works by the end of July.