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Overview

Construction and operation of a wind farm with up to 64 turbines, a 100 MW battery energy storage system, a 330 kilovolt transmission line and other associated ancillary infrastructure

Reference number
SSD-9679
Case Category
Energy
Page last updated
15/02/2024
Commissioner (Panel Chair)
Clare Sykes
Other Commissioners
Duncan Marshall AM, Juliet Grant
Planning Officer
Geoff Kwok
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Case Status: In Progress
Referral received: 13/12/2023

Key Dates

13 Dec 2023
Referral received
18 Dec 2023
Speaker registrations open
18 Dec 2023
Submissions open
15 Jan 2024
Meeting with DPHI
15 Jan 2024
Meeting with Applicant
15 Jan 2024
Meeting with Tamworth Regional Council
15 Jan 2024
Meeting with Upper Hunter Shire Council
15 Jan 2024
Meeting with Liverpool Plains Shire Council
18 Jan 2024
Meeting with Muswellbrook Shire Council
23 Jan 2024
Speaker registrations close at 12pm
29 Jan 2024
Site inspection day 1
30 Jan 2024
Site inspection day 2
30 Jan 2024
Second meeting with Tamworth Council
31 Jan 2024
Locality Tour
31 Jan 2024
Neighbouring site visits
01 Feb 2024
Public meeting day 1
02 Feb 2024
Public meeting day 2
12 Feb 2024
Submissions close at 5pm
15 Feb 2024
Submission extension deadline 5pm

Documents

UPDATED Statement regarding timing of response from the Department 14 June 2024
Statement regarding timing of response from the Department 21 May 2024
Statement on Hills of Gold regarding timing of response from the Department 7 May 2024
Statement on Hills of Gold regarding timing of response from the Department 29 April 2024
Statement on Hills of Gold regarding timing of response from the Department 15 April 2024
Statement on Hills of Gold regarding timing of response from the Department 26 March 2024
Statement on Hills of Gold extension for submissions
DPHI interim response to Commission regarding Applicant submission 13 June 2024 redacted
DPHI interim response to Commission regarding Applicant submission 21 May 2024
DPHI interim response to Commission regarding Applicant submission 7 May 2024
Correspondence from the Applicant
DPHI interim response to Commission regarding Applicant submission 29 April 2024
DPHI interim response to Commission regarding Applicant submission 12 April 2024 redacted
DPHI interim response to Commission regarding Applicant submission 26 March 2024 Redacted
DPHI interim response to Commission regarding Applicant submission 5 March 2024 redacted
Request to DPHI for response to Applicants submission redacted
Correspondence from the Applicant redacted
Correspondence to Mr Stinson redacted
Correspondence from Mr Stinson redacted
Referral letter Redacted
Assessment Report
Recommended conditions of consent
Appendix H to Assessment Report Redacted
Appendix K to Assessment Report
Appendix L to Assessment Report

Meetings

Date and time
9:00 AM Wed 31 January 2024
Contact
Geoff Kwok
Meeting documents
document
Locality Tour Notes
document
Locality Tour Images
document
Locality Tour Applicant Road Diagrams
Date and time
11:00 AM Mon 15 January 2024
Contact
Geoff Kwok
Meeting documents
document
Applicant meeting transcript
document
Applicant meeting presentation
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Date and time
Contact
Geoff Kwok
Meeting documents
document
Department meeting transcript
document
Department meeting presentation
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Date and time
4:00 PM Mon 15 January 2024
Contact
Geoff Kwok
Meeting documents
document
Liverpool Plains Shire Council meeting transcript
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Date and time
9:30 AM Thu 18 January 2024
Contact
Geoff Kwok
Meeting documents
document
Muswellbrook Shire Council Meeting Transcript
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Date and time
1:00 PM Mon 15 January 2024
Contact
Geoff Kwok
Meeting documents
document
Tamworth Regional Council meeting transcript
document
Tamworth Regional Council presentation
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Date and time
2:30 PM Mon 15 January 2024
Contact
Geoff Kwok
Meeting documents
document
Upper Hunter Shire Council meeting transcript
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Date and time
12:30 PM Wed 31 January 2024
Contact
Geoff Kwok
Meeting documents
document
Neighbouring Site Visit Notes
document
Neighbouring Site Visit Images
Date and time
12:00 PM Mon 29 January 2024
11:30 AM Tue 30 January 2024
Contact
Geoff Kwok
Meeting documents
document
Site Inspection Notes
document
Site Inspection Images
document
Site Inspection Applicant Drone Footage Transverse Track
Date and time
3:30 PM Tue 30 January 2024
Contact
Geoff Kwok
Meeting documents
document
Tamworth Regional Council second inperson meeting meeting agenda
document
Tamworth Regional Council second in person meeting transcript
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Date and time
10:00 AM Thu 01 February 2024
10:00 AM Fri 02 February 2024
Venue
Nundle Memorial Hall and Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall

Location 1:
In person at Nundle Memorial Hall
(101 Jenkins Street, Nundle)

Location 2:
In person via video link at the Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall drop-in and livestream viewing studio
(26-28 Fitzroy Street, Tamworth)
Contact
Geoff Kwok
Meeting documents
document
Final Public Meeting Speaker Schedule v2
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Public meeting transcript day 1 redacted
document
Public meeting transcript day 2 redacted

The community will be able to have their say in a public meeting on a proposal by Hills of Gold Wind Farm Pty Ltd for a wind farm and associated infrastructure. The proposed project comprises up to 64 wind turbines, battery storage and grid connection and is located 50km south-east of Tamworth and 8km south of Nundle.

The decision on whether the Hills of Gold Wind Farm State Significant Development application (SSD 9679) will be given planning approval has been referred to the Independent Planning Commission because the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure received an objection from Tamworth Regional Council and at least 50 unique submissions objecting to the proposal.

Commissioners Clare Sykes (Chair), Juliet Grant and Duncan Marshall have been appointed to determine the development application.

The Commission will hold a public meeting on Thursday 1 February and Friday 2 February 2024 (10:00 AM AEDT starts) to hear the community’s views, with an additional day to be scheduled if required. Speakers can attend in person at the Nundle Memorial Hall (101 Jenkins Street, Nundle) or via video link by attending the Commission’s drop-in studio in person at the Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall (26-28 Fitzroy Street, Tamworth), making the meeting locally accessible for people in both locations. The public meeting will be livestreamed on the Commission’s website and broadcast at the Tamworth venue. Speakers can also join via telephone or online video link from their homes or elsewhere. The format of any additional day will depend on demand and is to be confirmed.

The Commission is also inviting written submissions from the public. The Commission already has access to all previous written submissions made to the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure on the Hills of Gold Wind Farm. It is particularly helpful for the Commission Panel to hear the community’s views in response to the Department’s recent whole-of-government Assessment Report on the key issues and its recommended conditions of consent. Key issues identified in the Department’s Assessment Report include visual impacts, traffic and transport, and biodiversity impacts. These documents are available on the Commission’s website.

Anyone wishing to present at the public meeting must pre-register on the Commission’s website using the Speaker Registration Form.

The deadline for speaker registrations is 12:00pm AEDT on Tuesday 23 January 2024.

Written submissions can be lodged via the ‘Make a Submission’ portal on the Commission’s website: https://www.ipcn.nsw.gov.au/make-a-submission. The Commission will also accept submissions made via post or email. Written submissions will be accepted until 5:00pm on Monday 12 February 2024.

The Public Meeting will be broadcast live online at https://www.ipcn.nsw.gov.au/livestream

Please note
Registered speakers for the public meeting will be asked to indicate a preference for presenting to the Commission Panel either in-person at the Nundle venue, via video link from the Tamworth venue, or virtually from elsewhere (i.e. via video link or telephone).

If demand for speaker timeslots is high and the two-day meeting becomes fully booked, the Commission will endeavour to schedule a third day on a date and format to be confirmed. The whole public meeting will be livestreamed on the Commission’s website and YouTube channel.

If any change to the meeting format occurs, this will be fully communicated to all registered speakers in advance, including how the Commission can assist people to attend the meeting virtually.  Please read the Speaker Registration Form carefully, and provide as much detail as possible.

These flexible arrangements ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to be heard, while also making best use of public resources.

Public Submissions

Applicant submission
Hills of Gold Wind Farm Pty Ltd submission 12 February 2024 annexures
Hills of Gold Wind Farm Pty Ltd submission 12 February 2024 Biosis report
Hills of Gold Wind Farm Pty Ltd submission 12 February 2024 Moir report
Hills of Gold Wind Farm Pty Ltd submission 12 February 2024 submission letter
Hills of Gold Wind Farm Pty Ltd submission 15 February 2024 Herbert Smith Freehills letter redacted
Hills of Gold Wind Farm Pty Ltd submission 15 February 2024 submission letter
Community submissions
The Hon Kevin Anderson MP submission for Hills of Gold Wind Farm redacted
SOS submission to Hills of Gold Wind Farm 1 redacted
SOS submission to Hills of Gold Wind Farm 2 redacted
Steve Whale submission redacted
Mark Rodda Submission to IPC Hills of Gold Wind Farm
Mark Rodda Additional Submission to the Independent Planning Commission Proposed Hills of Gold Wind
Brian Tomalin Senior Deputy Captain Hanging Rock RFS Bushfire Modeling
Richard Longman email HoG submission redacted
Michele Longman HoG email submission redacted
Fabian Norrie Drone vid YouTube link hills of gold windfarm redacted
Shane Cahill Geof Mansfield City of Newcastle Submission to IPC Hills of Gold Wind Farm SSD9679 re
Timor Community Submission Addendum Hill of Gold Wind Farm redacted
HoG Windfarm Landslides Timor Community Submission attachment
Greg Chapman Hills of Gold Written Submission redacted
Teresa Eather for National Party of Australia submission 120224 redacted
Sylvester Cattle Co submission 120224 redacted
Lynette LaBlack submission redacted 120224
Ken Sylvester submission 120224 redacted
Lara Carroll submission 120224 redacted
Geoffrey Travers submission 120224
Timothy Carroll submission 120224 redacted
Elizabeth Watts submission 120224 redacted
Natasha Carroll submission 120224 redacted
William Sylvester submission 120224 redacted
William Sylvester Video Attachement
April B submission 130224 redacted
Scott Middlebrook Submission 130224 redacted
Toni Swain submission 130224
Name redacted submission 130224
Victoria B submission 130224
Brian Tomalin submission 130224
Valentina Vlasoff submission 130224
Valentina Vlasoff submission 130224 redacted
CC objection submission 130224
Anders Oldham submission 130224
Bridget Ryan submission 130124 redacted
Emily Mulcahy submission 130224
Glen Wilson submission 130224 redacted
Mark Oldham submission 130224 redacted
Cindy Hill for Bukit Padang Pty Ltd submission 130224
Jeremy Reading submission 130224 redacted
Lana Carroll submission 130224 redacted
Nundle resident submission 130224 redacted
Voice for Walcha submission 130224 redacted
Name redacted submission 140224 redacted
Russell Sydenham submission 140224 redacted
Anne Eagles submission 150224
Collin Cummins submission 150224
Damien Timbs submission 150224 redacted
GB submission 15022024 redacted
Name redacted submission 150224 redacted
Jim Robinson Pty Ltd submission 150224
Jim Robinson submission 150224
NE submission 150224 redacted
Silvia Lomaca submission 150224 redacted
Steve Debus submission 150224 redacted
Andrew Hill submission 150224 redacted
Lynette Melrose submission 150224
Yellow Rock submission 150224
AnneMarie Vine submission 150224
Anthony Ridgway submission 150224 redacted
Brian Tomalin submission 150224
Camilla Taylor submission 150224 redacted
Danielle Douglas submission 150224
Greg Chapman submission 150224
Jason Nester submissions 150224 redacted
Joe Summers submission 150224
Joshua Taylor submission 15022024 redacted
Megan Carberry submission 150224 redacted
MS submission 150224 redacted
SG submission 150224 redacted
Y submission redacted
A submission 160224 redacted
Akilina Yakimoff submission 160224 redacted
Resident submission 160224 redacted
Brendan Nawrocki for Nundle Guitars submission 160224 redacted
Carol Bell submission 160224 redacted
Daniel Jennings submission 160224
Darren Purcell submission 160224 redacted
Nick Bradford submission 160224 redacted
Peter Howarth submission 160224 redacted
RB submission 160224 redacted
S Submission 160224 redacted
Selena Sylvester submission 160224 redacted
Stephen Payne submission 160224 redacted
Catherine Murphy submission 160224 redacted
Timothy Vlasoff submissions 160224 redacted
Ducia Shvetsoff submission 160224
Fabian Norrie submission 160224 redacted
Ken Sylvester submission 160224 redacted
Ieesa Colgan submission 160224 redacted
Lynette LaBlack submission 160224 redacted
Kylie Bradford submission 160224 redacted
Nundle Woollen Mill submission 160224 redacted
M Davis submission 130224 redacted
R submission 160224
Todd Middlebrook submission 160224 redacted
Tommy Carroll submission 160324
Zachary Bradford submission 160224 redacted
Nanette Peatfield submission 160224 redacted
Lynette LaBlack submission 200224 redacted
RP submission 200224 redacted
Shawn Stone submission 200224 redacted
Applicant for the Gomeroi People Native Title Claim
DPHI Speaker presentation
Applicant Speaker presentation
Alena Lavrushkina Speaker presentation
Alena Speaking notes
Brian Tomalin Speaker presentation
Chris Eagles Speaker presentation
Danielle Douglas Speaker presentation
Dr David Beirman Speech to IPC on the Hills of Gold Wind Farm
Elizabeth Watts Speaker presentation
Greg Chapman Speaker presentation
John Sylvester Speaker presentation
Judy Coates Speaker presentation
Mark Rodda Speaker presentation
Megan Trousdale Speaker presentation
Nundle Business Tourism and Marketing Group Inc Speaker presentation
Odgers and McClelland Exchange Stores Speaker presentation
Peter Hooper Speaker presentation
Peter Hooper speaking notes
Red4NE Speaker presentation
Rob Banks Speaker presentation
Russell Sydenham of Friends of the Wind Farm speaker notes redacted
Sally Edwards Speaker presentation
Selena Sylvester Speaker presentation
Selena Sylvester speaking notes redacted
Svetlana Vlasoff speaking notes
Timor Community Speaker presentation
Vladimir Vlasoff Speaking notes
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