Work has begun in earnest on the $400 million White Rock Wind Farm west of Glen Innes in New South Wales, which is set to create 200 jobs during construction and inject $35 million of investment directly into the local region.
Above: Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce at the White Rock Wind Farm launch
Deputy Prime Minister and local MP Barnaby Joyce lended a shovel to help turn the first sod on the construction site of the Goldwind Australia project over the weekend.
70 turbines will be built in the first stage of the wind farm, but planning approval has been given by the NSW Government to build 119. The 70 turbines of the first stage will provide enough renewable energy to power about 75,000 average homes every year, and the project will be constructed by Fulton Hogan.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall told the Northern Daily Leader newspaper that the ground-breaking ceremony had symbolic importance for the region.
“First with the Moree Solar Farm, and now with White Rock Wind Farm, we are at last using resources freely available to us to generate energy and keep jobs and revenue here, where the benefit is local,” Mr Marshall said.
Clean Energy Council Policy Manager Alicia Webb said the White Rock Wind Farm will bring a positive economic boost to the local area.
“During construction there will be jobs for locals, as well as extra customers for cafes, hotels, equipment suppliers, contractors, and much more,” Ms Webb said.
“A wind farm is a major infrastructure project that delivers tangible benefits to the region and, when construction is over, it will generate substantial amounts of clean energy.”
The project is expected to be operational in the second half of 2017. More information is available on the White Rock Wind Farm website.
Below (left-right): Adam Marshall MP, Inverell Mayor Paul Harmon, Barnaby Joyce MP, Glen Innes Severn Mayor Colin Price