OSMI values the community’s contribution to the development of the Delburn Wind Farm, and is engaging with the community to ensure that the Delburn Wind Farm project is well supported and designed appropriately, and that 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 for a permanent presence within the community. Stop by the office for more information, to ask question or just to have a chat.
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 and local media outlets, as well as ongoing visits to residents living in the area.
Local Community Benefits
The following aspects are the high level approach and options being developed:
- 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.
- Three councils benefiting directly from rates.
How to Get Involved
There’s a range of ways for the community and other stakeholders to be actively involved in the development of the project, including:
- the Community and Stakeholder Consultative Committee (click here for more info),
- community benefits sharing, and
- the opportunity for community co-investment.
If you would like to be a part of the community consultation process, please register your details below. Please see our privacy statement for more details.
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; and
- always treating members of the local community, consultative committee members and other stakeholders fairly, courteously and in a consistent and ethical manner.
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.