Trustpower could compensate wind farm neighbours

Trustpower will hold talks with landholders impacted by its plans for the Rye Park Wind Farm and discuss financial compensation for direct neighbours. The company has been reviewing almost 120 public submissions on its wind farm near Boorowa, a farming town in the
south-west slopes of New South Wales, and is finalising its formal response. Trustpower spokesperson Rontheo Van Zyl said concern direct neighbours will not benefit from the project is a running theme in the feedback.

“We’re focusing on meeting anybody and everybody within, say, 3km of the wind farm in the next few months to consult and ensure they’re aware of the project and the changes we’ve made,” Mr Van Zyl told ABC Radio.

“But as part of that we’ll also be visiting any of the eligible dwellings with the proposal, to see if there’s any interest in taking up the offer and, yes, there will be a voluntary planning agreement.” Trustpower has reduced the number of turbines from 126 to 109.