Guildford Wind Farm Update - December 2022

Project assessment update

Studies are underway to address the requirements of the Project Specific Guidelines (PSG) for Guildford Wind Farm issued by the Environment Protection Authority Tasmania. A full year (four out of eight seasons required) of eagle utilisation surveys has been completed by independent specialists and a number of wedge-tailed eagles in the area are being tracked via GPS. Results from the surveys and tracking data will inform a review of the wind turbine layout and the revised layout will be the basis for further studies required by the PSGs, due to commence in 2023.

New project owner

In May 2022 Ark Energy completed its friendly acquisition of Epuron, the proponent for the Guildford Wind Farm, and in October 2022 the Epuron name was retired. Ark Energy is a subsidiary of Korea Zinc, the first major refiner to join RE100 and commit to powering its global operations from 100% clean energy by 2050. There are no changes to the plans for the project as a result of the change in ownership.

Information sessions

Local information sessions for the project at Ridgley Community Centre and Waratah Men’s Shed in June were well attended with residents from Ridgley, Hampshire, Waratah and other interested stakeholders dropping in to speak to the project team, to ask questions and learn more about the proposal.

The project team thanks everyone who took the time to attend. We hope it was informative and appreciate the feedback we received. The materials shared at the sessions are available here.

The next local information session with the project team will be held in the first half of 2023. Details will be provided in the next newsletter.

Community benefits

Wind farms generate significant economic benefits for local and regional communities including jobs, contract work and increased patronage for businesses and retail.

The project would also involve a community benefit fund. We are interested to hear local views on priorities that could be supported by the community benefit fund. Suggestions can be sent to the project team via email or the feedback form. We look forward to working with community members and interested stakeholders to deliver meaningful and lasting local benefits from the project.

Thank you

Thank you to all those who have engaged with us for this project to date.

We welcome input from community members and other interested parties to help shape the project and maximise local benefits. Questions and feedback are welcome at any time and can be sent to the project team via via email or the feedback form.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable festive season and look forward to updating you again in early 2023.

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