Boomer Green Energy Hub
Wind farms generate significant benefits for local and regional communities.
Ark Energy is a signatory to the Clean Energy Council’s Best Practice Charter for Renewable Energy Projects, a voluntary commitment to engage respectfully with communities, be sensitive to environmental and cultural values, and make a positive contribution to the regions in which we operate. We also recognise the importance of earning social licence for our projects, defined as a "level of acceptance or approval continually granted to an organisation's operations or project by the local community" (Boutilier and Thomson).
We look forward to working with residents and the communities of Marlborough, Mount Gardiner, Balcomba, Glenroy, Durainga and the wider region to deliver meaningful and lasting benefits from the project.
Community Benefit Program
The proposal will involve a Community Benefit Program with funding from the start of construction and for the life of the wind farm. It's intended that the program will:
- Share generous benefits with the local community.
- Make a meaningful contribution to issues the community cares about.
- Be flexible to focus on changing priorities over time.
- Make the project a positive, rewarding and beneficial development for the local community.
- Advance community connectedness and inclusivity.
The program will be co-designed with community members and local stakeholders to ensure it serves local needs and priorities.
Working with Traditional Owners
Ark Energy recognises the continuing connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have to their land and advocates engagement with Traditional Owners that supports self-determination in caring for Country and economic opportunities.
Traditional Custodians are important project stakeholders and the Boomer Green Energy Hub project area is Barada Kabalbara Yetimarala Peoples country.
The project team is engaging with the Traditional Owners and this engagement is focused on identifying, protecting and managing cultural heritage on the site to ensure respect to traditional values and culture are upheld, and ensuring the Traditional Owners can benefit from the project in meaningful ways.
Community Consultative Group
A Community Consultative Group will be established to provide a forum for collaborative discussion between the project team and community representatives. Aims of the group will include to ensure local residents and stakeholders are:
- Kept informed of the status of the project
- Consulted on plans and proposed changes
- Able to provide feedback on any issues that may arise
The group will be comprised of a chairperson, community members and stakeholder representatives. If you live locally and are interested in chairing or participating in this group please let us know by email.
Local information centre
An information centre for the project will be established in Rockhampton soon. The centre will be staffed weekly and provide convenient access to project information.
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Connect with us
Local information sessions will be held throughout the development phase, to provide interested community members with the opportunity to discuss the proposal in detail with the project team. Details of information sessions when these are scheduled will be advertised in the information centre and newsletters.