Hexham Wind Farm – Community
Sharing the benefits
Wind Prospect is committed to ensuring that those living closest to the proposed wind farm share the financial benefits. Information shared by residents and stakeholders, either directly or via the Community Engagement Committee, has helped Wind Prospect to develop a series of proposed programs that share the financial benefits fairly and appropriately. These programs include a:
- Neighbour Benefit Sharing Program
- Energy Cost Offset Plan
- Community Co-investment Program
- Community Benefit Fund
Neighbour Benefit Program proposal
Wind Prospect is very pleased to share the proposed Neighbour Benefit Program for the Hexham Wind Farm. The program reflects the feedback obtained since taking the concept to the project community in 2019.
Please download the proposed program flyer and don’t hesitate to be in touch if you would like to discuss the program further.
Sponsorship fund – supporting the local community
A sponsorship fund of $20,000 per year has been established for the duration of the project development process to assist local community groups and organisations around the proposed wind farm. The fund is active now and is designed to support community groups to add or improve community services, programs, initiatives, or facilities.
The fund is administered by Wind Prospect and the sponsorship application forms and terms and conditions are available here. Once the wind farm is commissioned the sponsorship fund will be replaced by the Hexham Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, which will continue annually for as long as the wind farm is operational. Guidance and feedback are sought from the Moyne Shire Council and the local community to shape the design and eligibility criteria of this fund.
We are pleased to have made several allocations under this fund, including:
Hexham Community Association
The Hexham Community Association was a beneficiary of the sponsorship fund to install an all-abilities / portable wheelchair ramp at the entrance of the old school building. With the building dating to the 1800s, the installation of an all-abilities ramp provides improved access for all community members. The members are delighted that their building is accessible to all.
Ellerslie War Memorial Trust
The Ellerslie War Memorial is updating its pathways, improving the viewing area and creating more seating. The Hexham Wind Farm has contributed $3,500 to establish an eight-metre by eight-metre concrete pad, to allow a flat area for locals and visitors alike to stand during the annual Anzac Day ceremony.
Food & Fibre Great South Coast
The Great South Coast is Victoria’s largest food and fibre region, with the sector underpinning about 60 per cent of the region’s economy and providing more than one in five jobs. Hexham Wind Farm has contributed $5,000 to the group’s campaign to attract young people to the variety of careers that exist in food and fibre.
The proposed Hexham Wind Farm is in the environment and planning approvals stage and Wind Prospect has commenced engagement with stakeholders and in particular those that live closest to the project.
All households located within six kilometres of a proposed wind turbine location were door knocked during March 2020 and provided information about the project and feedback sought. If residents were not home, a ‘sorry we missed you’ pack was left behind which included a newsletter and contact details.
Newsletters, Frequently Asked Questions and other communications have been issued to all land owners within 10 kilometres of the proposed wind turbine locations. Wind Prospect staff would be pleased to meet with local residents, community members and other stakeholders to discuss the project. Please contact us to arrange a meeting or to discuss the project.
More than 100 people attended community information sessions for the proposed Hexham Wind Farm at Caramut and Ellerslie in May 2019. Drop-in sessions were then held in the local community in late July 2020.
A Community Engagement Committee (CEC) has been established by the Moyne Shire to provide a forum for consultation and information sharing about the project between Wind Prospect and the local community. The CEC comprises two Moyne Shire Councillors, six community members and Wind Prospect. Meetings are held several times a year.
Thank you to everyone who has participated in our community engagement to date. We welcome all feedback on the project and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.
Have your say
Your input, feedback, and views on the proposed Hexham Wind Farm are important. We genuinely want to hear what you have to say and your opinions can lead to improvements to the project design. If you are simply after more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch – that’s what we’re here for.
Wind Prospect has established the following lines of communication and encourage you to contact the Hexham Wind Farm team.
- Toll free number: 1800 934 322
- Email: email@example.com
- Local community presence: We have a dedicated local Community Engagement Officer you can contact on 1800 934 322
- Information sessions: Further project information sessions will be held as the project progresses. Details will be advertised prior to the event and posted on this website.
- Project opinion surveys: Opinion surveys can be completed online at any time and can be accessed here. Alternatively, the survey can be downloaded here.
Personal information will be treated as private and confidential and will not be passed to any third parties not involved with the wind farm.