Our Consultation Commitment
Engagement, transparency and benefit-sharing with the local community is critical to a successful project. Without a social licence to operate in the region, there can be no project.
WinterbourneWind intends to develop, build and operate the proposed wind farm, which means we want to be part of the community for at least the next generation. Our goal is to build long-term relationships between the project team, the local community and all project stakeholders.
Our Community Engagement Strategy
Our community engagement strategy is built on the following core principles:
Community Consultative Committee
WinterbourneWind has established a Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for the project in accordance with the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). The committee consists of an independent chairperson, five community members, local government representatives from Walcha and Uralla, and members of the project team.
A CCC is not a decision-making or regulatory body; rather, it performs an advisory and consultative role. The CCC provides a forum for open discussion on issues directly relating to project development, construction and operations, environmental impact management and community relations.
The Chairperson for the CCC was appointed by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment from a panel of qualified professionals. Once the Chairperson was identified, WinterbourneWind advertised for interested community and stakeholder representatives in local and regional media publications. Interested individuals forwarded their applications directly to the independent chairperson, who recommended suitable candidates to the Department. A nominated representative of the Planning Secretary of the Department then appointed community representatives to the committee.
The first CCC meeting was held on 18 March at the Walcha Sports Club. We envision that future CCC meetings will be held approximately quarterly while the development approval is being assessed. The minutes of each CCC meeting will be made available here