Newsletter, March 2017
20 March 2017
Bush fire season update
Like many farmers, the Site Manager Michael Johnson of the Capital and Woodlawn wind farms is pleased to see the back of the peak of the bush fire season. While there are routine emergency drills that take place at the wind farm to practice coordination during an emergency, lessons can be learnt from real emergencies.
According to the Lake George Rural Fire Service, there have been 13 fires (grass, bush, shrub) in the area situated between Bungendore and Collector Road. The official report regarding the Currandooley fire is still to be provided to Infigen at the time of writing this newsletter, however, Infigen understands that initial reports identified that a bird strike was the cause of the fire. Infigen intends to learn from any events that occur on our wind farms. Once Infigen receives the official report regarding the Currandooley fire, we will consider whether any amendments to our procedures would be appropriate.
If you were affected by the recent fires in the Tarago area, please contact the Bungendore Community Foundation to seek relief for primary needs or assistance with remedy works (contact Rick Gibson).
Assistance is also available to communities affected by the Currandooley fire through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website via this link and the New South Wales emergency information and response website via this link.
New wind farm for NSW
Infigen announced in February 2017 that it has secured a power purchase agreement with EnergyAustralia for electricity and large-scale generation certificates from the Bodangora wind farm yet to be built near Wellington, NSW. Once completed, the Bodangora wind farm would be approximately twice the size of the Woodlawn wind farm with an installed capacity of 113 megawatts, and produce enough low-emission and renewable energy to meet the electricity needs of over 49,000 NSW homes.