Welcome to the November edition of our Landholder update

 

 

 

Project Manager Update by Justin Howes

Welcome to our November issue of the Golden Plains Wind Farm Landholder Update.

October was an incredibly busy month for our team with the completion of multiple project milestones.

Our construction contracts have progressed well this month, with close out of the final details and execution of several key contracts.  These contracts are now awaiting final approval from financiers to enable “Notice to Proceed” to be awarded, which will allow contractors to move from the early works phase into full construction mode.

The current early works program (public road upgrades, intersection upgrades, additional geotechnical investigations, civil design, electrical detailed and layout work, early procurement of long lead items) is designed to flow directly into the Vestas EPC contract works and the AusNet Network work will follow close behind once we reach financial close and provide notice to proceed.

As we near the finalisation of the pre-construction development phase and move into construction, we would like to thank you for your continued support and cooperation in signing the necessary documents. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to a member of our team.

We would like to welcome Tanya Persaud to the Golden Plains Wind Farm team, in the role of Project Coordinator.  Tanya holds a Cert IV in Project Management and a Diploma of Frontline Management and Business Administration from RMIT. Tanya has demonstrated skills working in a variety of industries, including 7 years supporting senior Vestas executives.

Tanya will play an important role in coordinating the project administration, procurement processes, engagement with consultants and communications as we move into the construction phase. She will work alongside Christine Lee until financial close, at which time Christine will move into a Senior Project Coordinator role, working on our future pipeline of WestWind’s projects.

Community Update by Matt Hustwaite

A big thank you to those of you who joined us at our Halloween Movie Night at the Rokewood Hall on Saturday 5th November.

It was a resounding success, with the food and entertainment enjoyed by all. We look forward to welcoming the community again on December 11th at our Christmas Party. We will once again provide free coffee, milkshakes, BBQ lunch, live music and activities for the kids, and we will of course be welcoming Santa along for a visit and photos. We hope to see you all at the Recreation Reserve on Sunday 11th December. Registrations are now open via Eventbrite.

We will be at the Rokewood Primary School on Saturday 26th November cooking up the “democracy sausages” for Election Day and providing the community with information on our Community Benefit Programs. A new booklet highlighting the Community Energy Program, Landscaping Program, Near Neighbour Financial Benefit, Community Investment Program and Community Grants Program will be handed out to anyone interested.

Site News by Tom Darker & Cam Griffith

Early works construction activities remain on-going, with steady progress being made despite hold ups due to the recent poor weather.

The first half of public road upgrade works on Geggies Road are now complete.  The upgrade works included road stabilisation, which will ensure accessibility during wet periods and provide the stability necessary to ensure road conditions do not deteriorate with large traffic movements.

Following the road stabilisation, capping works took place which involved a large, crushed rock layer being put on top of the stabilised road base to form a hardened surface. The crushed rock was rolled and graded into the result you can see currently. These road upgrades will ensure that during peak construction the roads will be able to withstand the increase in traffic.

Geggies Road is now open to traffic while works are carried out on Bells Road. Geggies Road works will recommence upon completion of the Bells Road upgrade works.

Bells Road is set to undertake the same sequence of public road upgrade works as Geggies Road. Public signage advising of the expected closure is in place and may change to reflect any delays caused by recent weather.

Geotech works have recommenced onsite. They had been making steady progress through an additional 22 bore holes across the site, although they have now faced a short delay due to poor weather conditions. These works are scheduled to recommence in late November.

During the public road upgrade works, Bells Road will be closed between the hours of 7am-5pm. Access for residents and essential services (emergency services, waste collection) will still be provided. These traffic movements will be guided by our contractors to ensure the safety of both drivers and workers. Please be advised that there may be new speed limit restrictions or road rules implemented as part of these works.

Our civil contractor has also engaged Telstra to move several of their underground services at the northern end of Bells Road, Geggies Road and Gumley South Road. These works have now been completed.

As we draw closer to construction, public road works will continue to increase, to facilitate a smooth mobilisation of site for the construction of the wind farm. The public road upgrades expected over the next 6 months are as follows:

  • The entire distance of Bells and Geggies Road will be stabilised and capped
  • Additional culvert works on Bells Road
  • Intersection upgrades at both the north and south of Bells and Geggies Road

A member of our team will ensure you are informed in advance of any works commencing, and we will endeavour to minimise any impact these road works have on you and your farming operations. We thank you for your patience during these works, as they are an integral part of the construction of the wind farm and will aid in the commencement of construction early in the new year.

Please contact either Thomas Darker or Cameron Griffith regarding any road works or planned closures during these road upgrades if you have any questions or concerns.