OSMI is engaging early with the local community to ensure the project is well supported and designed appropriately and that the benefit sharing is tailored for the local context. A local community engagement officer has been hired to enable community participation to help shape the options.
If you would like to be a part of the community consultation process, please register your details below.
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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 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.
Help shape the project
Please take 5-7 minutes to fill out this survey. The purpose of this survey is to gather views from the local community about future community engagement and benefit sharing opportunities and from the broader community on the possibility of a community investment opportunity. There are two versions available for locals and non-locals.
To have a true account of the community interest OSMI needs your assistance to not only do the survey but also spread the word and pass it on to others. The survey will remain open until December 2019.