Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone (CWOREZ) Update

Warrumbungle Shire Council continues to assess the impacts of the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone (CWOREZ) on its communities. 

Since the last update, Warrumbungle Shire Council provided feedback on the Liverpool Range Wind Farm RTS Report for Temporary Workforce Accommodation (TWA), while supporting the TWA concept Council is still raising concerns on the Mod-1 Proposal. “Council’s concerns include impacts on road infrastructure, cumulative effects, and deviations from the original development application,” said Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Ambrose Doolan. 

Council actively participated in meetings with the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) regarding the Birriwa Solar Farm, including addressing a public meeting on 5 June 2024, at Jubilee Hall, Dunedoo. “Council has urged the IPC to defer a final decision on the Birriwa Solar Farm until comprehensive assessments of cumulative impacts from over 40 large-scale wind, solar, and transmission projects within or near the REZ are conducted and proper compensation for environmental, social, and economic costs is ensured,” Cr Doolan explained. 

Queries have been raised regarding work packages associated with a transmission line project recently released by the State Government. Council has questioned why these packages were listed on the ICN Gateway webpage but not locally advertised to ensure awareness among local businesses in our Local Government Area (LGA).

Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councilor Doolan highlighted concerns about potential cumulative impacts on our communities, including housing, roads, labor, workforce, and social aspects, due to multiple REZ projects in neighboring LGAs.

To keep the community informed, the Council has included a 'Latest news from Council on Renewable Energy Zones (REZ)' banner on its homepage. This provides updates on REZ developments from the EngeryCo website and allows community members to review detailed submissions made by the Council on these projects.

"I encourage interested parties to familiarise themselves with these projects and stay updated on publicly available information, allowing them to provide feedback via the Central-West Orana REZ website," concluded Cr Doolan.

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Last Updated: 02 Jul 2024