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State Significant Development

Determination

Bonshaw Solar Farm

Inverell Shire

Current Status: Determination

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  1. SEARs
  2. Prepare EIS
  3. Exhibition
  4. Collate Submissions
  5. Response to Submissions
  6. Assessment
  7. Recommendation
  8. Determination

Development of a 200 MW solar farm, energy storage facility and associated infrastructure.

Attachments & Resources

Request for SEARs (1)

Scoping Report

SEARs (1)

SEARs

EIS (1)

Environmental Impact Statement

Response to Submissions (2)

Submissions Report
Request Submissions Report

Agency Advice (5)

DPIE - BCD - Advice on RTS
DPIE - BCD - Advice on Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment
DPIE - BCD - Advice on Biodiversity Development Assessment Report
TfNSW - Advice on RTS
TfNSW - Advice on Traffic Impact Assessment

Amendments (1)

Amendment Report

Additional Information (7)

RFI Response 16 April 2020
RFI 1 May 2020
RFI Response 19 June 2020
Site Access Upgrade 22 June 2020
Transport Routes 25 June 2020
RFI 31 July 2020
RFI Response 4 September 2020

Recommendation (3)

IPC Referral Letter
Recommended Conditions of Consent
Assessment Report

Determination (4)

Statement of Reasons
Media Release
Development Consent
Notice of Determination

Approved Documents

Management Plans and Strategies (2)

Heritage MP Approval
Heritage Management Plan

Note: Only documents approved by the Department after November 2019 will be published above. Any documents approved before this time can be viewed on the Applicant's website.

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Submissions

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Neville Heywood
Object
ATHOLWOOD , New South Wales
Message
Opposition to the creation of the Bonshaw Solar Farm – Neville and Lyn Heywood, 940 Camp Creek Road, Atholwood 2361.

The application number we are concerned about is SSD-9438 Bonshaw Solar Farm

My wife Lyn and I, (Neville Heywood) are strongly opposed to the establishment of a solar farm on the Bruxner Highway Bonshaw. We see it as a despoiling of the beautiful landscape around Bonshaw between Tenterfield and Goondiwindi and Bonshaw and Inverell. This is a particularly scenic area and a solar farm completely incongruous in the environment. I am presently preparing a submission for a doctorate and Bonshaw is a central area for my study of the bush there. A Solar farm does not fit the unity and harmony of the environment and will be a form of visual vandalism totally out of character with this area. While at this point it appears to be solar alone and not wind turbine technology, a large capacity solar farm is completely out of character nevertheless. Such a project as the wind turbines totally destroy the visual beauty of the landscape between Inverell and Glen Innes and such a solar farm introduction will do the same out here – mega acres of unnatural black shiny panels.

We consider these projects in large-scale solar farms a second rate method of generating electricity where the environment pays the price. This is not green technology – but black technology – and ugly and disregards the appearance of beautiful rural landscapes like that in the Bonshaw district. I firmly believe that the best form of solar energy is that located in urban areas, not as solar farms but on the roofs of dwellings, commercial buildings and factory buildings. In those contexts they are not incongruous or unattractive. It’s a visual win for all. Urban areas with buildings relate to the panels on their rooves – especially if they were placed on every user’s roof. Those areas then can use some of the electricity generated and feed it into the grid. For those connected to the grid at present as users of electricity they could pay a small levy in their bill that over time the electricity retailer could return the value of the subsidies these new industries receive back to the federal government. At the moment its taxpayer money gifted in subsidy with no pay back – just a lucrative money spin for those taking advantage of this windfall. Its not an unrealistic approach in the sense that poles and wires are passed onto consumers, so why not solar panels for users as well.

We urge that this project does not go ahead and that the Bonshaw landscape will keep its unified, natural aesthetic appeal for all who live there. My family ancestors have lived in the Bonshaw area since before the 1850’s. We therefore have great attachment to this area and extremely concerned that such an industry is intending to locate here.
Division of Resources & Geoscience
Comment
MAITLAND , New South Wales
Message
Division of Resources & Geoscience advice attached.
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HERITAGE COUNCIL OF NSW
Comment
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Message
Please see attached
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ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AUTHORITY
Comment
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Message
Hi, please see attached response re Bonshaw Solar Farm.
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Name Withheld
Comment
STOCKLEIGH , Queensland
Message
I bought my property approximately 10 years ago as an investment for part of my superannuation/retirement fund and somewhere I can take my family and friends to escape on holidays or weekends. So far I have spent money on it by making tracks around the property for motor bike riding, 4x4 driving, horse riding, bush walking, bird watching and shooting. When it rains the creek is a serene spot for a picnic and also has yabbies in it as well as in the dams. Where the shed is situated on top of the hill, it offers spectacular views of storms rolling in over the mountains. The existing sub station and power lines where established prior to us purchasing the property and has only a small impact on our view of the surrounding vegetation however, the 1 million solar panels will have major impact in the scenery and value of our property and will greatly impact our superannuation fund for our future. We are not against this project for a cleaner future however, we feel it will be at a huge financial loss to us.
Inverell Shire Council
Comment
Inverell ,
Message
see attached
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ROADS AND MARITIME SERVICES DIVISION
Comment
Grafton , New South Wales
Message
Please see attached Roads and Maritime Service response
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Crown Lands
Comment
Newcastle , New South Wales
Message
DPIE Crown Lands has no comments for this proposal.

Thanks
Department of Primary Industries
Comment
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Message
Please find the Department of Primary Industries comments on this proposal attached.
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OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE
Comment
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Message
Biodiversity and Conservation Division advice
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Fire & Rescue NSW
Comment
GREENACRE , New South Wales
Message
see attached
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TransGrid
Comment
Wallgrove ,
Message
see attached
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Hunter New England Local Health District
Comment
Wallsend , New South Wales
Message
Please see response attached
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NSW Rural Fire Service
Comment
Coffs Harbour ,
Message
see attached
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DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY
Comment
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Message
Attached.
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Project Details

Application Number
SSD-9438
Assessment Type
State Significant Development
Development Type
Electricity Generation - Solar
Local Government Areas
Inverell Shire
Decision
Approved
Determination Date
Decider
IPC-N

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