Developer promises to deliver long-term benefits to community

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THE developer of the Delburn Wind Farm, OSMI Australia, has promised to work with the local community to ensure the project delivers long-term benefits to the surrounding communities.

OSMI’s executive director of development, Peter Marriott, said the company invited those in the community to join its community consultative committee to help shape the neighbourhood profit-sharing scheme and community development fund.

“This includes delivering about $500,000 per annum directly to the neighbourhood area near the wind farm, on top of the committed $150,000 community fund per annum,” he said in a statement after winning the case in the Supreme Court.

“We also want to hear from any residents who are concerned or opposed to the wind farm development – it’s not too late to discuss your concerns, ask questions and let us work with you to share information and understanding.”

Mr Marriott said information updates were an important part of the Delburn Wind Farm community engagement program. These would increase in frequency as the wind farm project developed.

“The Delburn Wind Farm will work with local neighbours and surrounding communities to ensure they are informed of all activities in the delivery of the wind farm,” he said.

OSM says the 200 megawatt wind farm will provide more than 186 full-time jobs during construction and 24 ongoing jobs during the 30-year life of the wind farm.

Construction is planned to start early next year.

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