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Whyte Yarcowie Wind Farm – Community

Sharing the benefits

Right from the outset of this project, Wind Prospect is committed to ensuring that those living closest to the proposed wind farm share the financial benefits.

If the proposed Whyte Yarcowie Wind Farm is constructed, a range of benefit sharing programs will be implemented that will operate for the lifetime of the project.

Wind Prospect has prepared some preliminary Benefits Sharing Programs that would fairly distribute benefits from the project to neighbouring landowners, residents and the community. These programs will be further developed to best meet the needs of the community through extensive community consultation with residents, neighbours and other stakeholders.

The benefit sharing program will be further refined but currently is proposed to include:

  • Neighbour Benefit Program
  • Energy Cost Offset Plan
  • Community Benefit Fund
  • Community Sponsorship Fund

Do you have any thoughts about how to share the project’s benefits?

Please let us know by completing our survey here or writing to us via our project email: [email protected].

Neighbour Benefit Program

A one-off construction payment, and a separate annual benefit payment will be available for eligible neighbouring dwellings during operation of the wind farm.

Energy Cost Offset Plan

A benefit payment designed to help the occupants of neighbouring dwellings with the cost of electricity.

Community Benefit Fund

Once planning approval is received, this is an annual grant-based fund of $1,000 per wind turbine, to be used for community initiatives and administered by a committee comprised of community members, other stakeholders and the wind farm owner.

Community Sponsorship Fund – Applications now open!

While most of the benefit sharing programs will not commence until the wind farm has been approved, the annual Community Sponsorship Fund is already in operation and applications are welcome. The fund provides an annual fund of $10,000 per year to assist community groups and organisations that operate in the vicinity of the proposed wind farm to improve their services, programs, initiatives and/or facilities. Please contact us to learn more about the application process and terms and conditions.

Wind Prospect will administer this fund with guidance and feedback from the Regional Council of Goyder and the local community. Once the wind farm is commissioned, the sponsorship fund will be replaced by the Whyte Yarcowie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund which will continue for the duration of the wind farm’s operation. Download the application form here, or head here to fill out the form online!

Download some helpful guidelines for your application here!

Wind Prospect is proud to have provided sponsorship in 2022 to:

  • the Terowie Citizens Association Inc. for the Terowie Christmas Pageant;
  • the Hallett Community Hub Inc. for Father Christmas Gifts for Children; and
  • the Burra Boobarowie Hallett Football and Netball Clubs.

Community engagement

Wind Prospect is committed to engaging extensively with the community, neighbours and other key stakeholders in the to better understand how to meet the needs of the community as a whole.

Consultation with key stakeholders for the Whyte Yarcowie Wind Farm is now underway. Wind Prospect has been meeting with local residents near the project, as well as the Regional Council of Goyder, State and Federal Government bodies and other interested individuals and groups. A series of engagement pop-ups and community drop-in sessions were held in 2022.

Wind Prospect are also seeking applications for our Community Sponsorship Fund and your input into the Benefit Sharing Program.

Wind Prospect is committed to an open and transparent consultation process with all stakeholders, providing accurate and timely information as the Project progresses through each phase.

Whyte Yarcowie Wind Farm community drop-in sessions 2023

Wind Prospect held community drop-in sessions in the Hallett Hall and Whyte Yarcowie Public Hall on Wednesday 29 November 2023, and in the Whyte Yarcowie Public Hall and Terowie Institute Supper Room on Thursday 30 November. These sessions offered the opportunity for the project team to share a more detailed project design and discuss potential community benefits sharing programs with the community.

    Whyte Yarcowie Wind Farm community drop-in sessions 2022

    Wind Prospect held community drop-in sessions in the Hallett Hall on Wednesday 31 August and in the Whyte Yarcowie Public Hall and Terowie Institute Supper Room on Thursday 1 September 2022. These sessions offered the opportunity for locals to learn more about the project, meet the project team, and have face to face conversations with us to share local knowledge and perspectives about the proposed project.

    We would like to thank everyone who came along and shared their thoughts and perspectives with the project team! We were very happy with the turnout across the three sessions and really enjoyed meeting everyone. A special thank you to the community members who helped coordinate the use of local venues, going to great lengths to welcome us. The generous hospitality was greatly appreciated.

    What we heard

    The first community drop-in session in Hallett was attended by 16 community members. The most common themes discussed with us at the Hallett session were:

    • potential visual and noise amenity impacts
    • where the turbines might be placed
    • potential future construction traffic impacts in Hallett, and
    • ideas for allocation of the community sponsorship fund and future community benefit fund (should the project go ahead).

    The next session at the Whyte Yarcowie Public Hall was the most attended with 21 community members. The most common themes discussed with us were:

    • local procurement and economic benefits of the project
    • potential visual and noise amenity impacts
    • sourcing and the use of water during construction, and
    • CFS/SES fire and emergency risks and mitigation.

    Our final session in the Terowie Institute Supper Room was attended by 8 community members. The most common themes community discussed with us were:

    • accommodation needs of the project construction phase
    • potential visual amenity impacts, and
    • ideas for allocation of community sponsorship fund and community benefit fund.

    Our project team members recorded the input, advice, local knowledge, and feedback about the proposed project from the many productive conversations we had with the local members of the community. This type of early feedback helps us to refine the project’s design and the environmental assessments that will be undertaken.

    Wind Prospect values the views of the community. Community engagement will be ongoing and there will be further opportunities in the future to meet the team and learn more about the project. We encourage you to get in touch with our team anytime if you have any questions, feedback or concerns to share. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via 1800 595 197 or [email protected]


    Have your say

    Community and stakeholder engagement will be ongoing throughout the project. Your input, feedback and views on the proposed Whyte Yarcowie Wind Farm are important. Wind Prospect genuinely want to hear what you have to say, as your opinions can lead to improvements to the project design.

    If you are after more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Wind Prospect have established the following lines of communication and encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments.

    Personal information will be treated as private and confidential and will not be passed to any third parties not involved with the wind farm.

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