In a disappointing move, NSW's Department of Planning and Environment has recommended that the 96 megawatt Crookwell 3 wind farm project not be approved. This project would be built alongside the Crookwell 2 wind farm, which commenced full operation earlier this year.
Wind farms have been a strong source of jobs and investment in the Southern Tablelands over the last decade as well as wider community benefits and this project promises to keep this trend going.
Crookwell 3 has proceeded under three different state planning regimes since its inception in 2010, against the background of a highly uncertain investment landscape. The fact that the Department recommended this project be approved in 2015 just highlights the difficulties industry has faced navigating the challenges of shifting government priorities.
DPE's recommendation now goes to the Independent Planning Commission for consideration. The IPC has the power to accept or reject the Department's recommendation and decide on alterations if it sees fit. We look forward to seeing what the proponent can bring forward to resolve the issues the Department has raised.
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