Community

OSMI is engaging with the community to ensure the Delburn Wind Farm project is well supported and designed appropriately and that the benefit sharing is tailored for the local context.  Local staff have been appointed to enable community participation in the development of the wind farm and a project office has been opened in Boolarra. 

A range of mechanisms are being established to allow the community and other stakeholders to be actively involved in the development of the project.  These include: 

  • Community and Stakeholder Consultative Committee (click here for more info); 
  • Community Benefits Sharing;
  • Providing the opportunity for Community Co-investment. 

OSMI recognises the existing work of local sustainability and community energy groups and hopes to partner with them around the community investment initiative. OSMI will provide regular updates and project information via letterbox drop of project newsletters, the website, social media channels, local media outlets as well as ongoing visits to residents living in the area. 

OSMI is a signatory to the Clean Energy Council’s Best Practice Charter for Renewable Energy Developments. In its engagement with the community the Delburn Wind Farm commits to: 

  • Encouraging stakeholder and community input to the project;  
  • Ensuring the community has access to accurate project information; 
  • Acknowledging local concerns and issues raised by the community in relation to the project; 
  • Seeking to address, resolve and/or mitigate community concerns or issues in a timely manner;  
  • Providing open and transparent information by publishing all technical reports and consultative committee meeting minutes on the project website; 
  • Providing proactive and cooperative communication with the local community, consultative committee members and other project stakeholders; 
  • Always treating members of the local community, consultative committee members and other stakeholders fairly, courteously and in a consistent and ethical manner; 

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Local community benefits:

 

  • Early engagement with the community for best practice approach
  • Opportunity for community co-investment
  • Co-developed benefit-sharing model with neighbourhood program and community development fund
  • Local long-term employees
  • 3 councils benefiting directly from rates

OSMI values the contribution from the community to the development of the Delburn Wind Farm and has established a local office/shop front for a permanent presence within the community. Further, OSMI recognises the existing work of local sustainability and community energy groups and hopes to partner with them around the community investment initiative. OSMI will provide regular updates and project information via letterbox drop of project newsletters, the website, social media channels, local media outlets as well as ongoing visits to residents living in the area.

OSMI is a signatory to the Clean Energy Council’s Best Practice Charter for Renewable Energy Developments.

Community co-investment

Community co-investment is when a community investment vehicle buys rights to a portion of the earnings of the renewable energy project but has no decision-making power or control over the operation of the asset. The community investment vehicle could be a company, cooperative, association or trust. In this arrangement, the community has no formal ownership or responsibility over the project. The investment model would be linked to performance of the Delburn Wind Farm as a whole (rather than an individual turbine or turbines).

OSMI intends to partner with local community energy groups to deliver mutual benefits. The first phase is the ‘Community Investment Testing Phase’ which aims to be finalised and reported on by planning permit submission. The survey enables the public to express an interest in the community investment, pledge their potential investment amount and to give feedback on the terms and structure.