Listening to the community

We’ve been talking directly to landowners, neighbours and the local community for a number of years now.  We have also been meeting representatives from the City of Greater Bendigo, Campaspe Shire Council, Taungurung Land and Waters Council, other important stakeholders and community members to help us improve our plans as much as possible.

Detailed on-site biodiversity surveys, cultural heritage assessments, hydrology modelling, traffic assessments and other studies have also been completed.

We will continue to work with members of the community and listen to their views to best inform construction and operation phases of the project to make sure it’s a valuable and well-respected part of the local community.

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The project is expected to generate up to 440 jobs at peak construction. Several ongoing jobs will also be required over the solar farm’s expected 25-30-year life.

Looking after the environment and our neighbours

Initially, a 624-hectare site was investigated for the project area. However, that site was reduced to about 365 hectares, after further studies and consultation. A number of additional measures are also being proposed to protect the local environment and cultural heritage, secure agricultural production and reduce the risk of grass fires. This includes:

  • Sheep grazing in and around the solar panels, which will be installed in rows spaced 5.5-8m apart
  • A 30 metre no go zone around a minor watercourse and patches of remnant vegetation
  • A 15 metre buffer around larger native gum trees
  • Screening with native vegetation along a boundary line
  • Asset protection zone around the permitter of the solar farm