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State Significant Development

Determination

Jindera Solar Farm

Greater Hume 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 120 MW solar farm with energy storage and associated infrastructure.

Modifications

Archive

Request for SEARs (1)

Scoping Report

SEARs (1)

SEARs

EIS (14)

Jindera Solar Farm - Environmental Impact Statement
Jindera Solar Farm - Appendix A - SEARS
Jindera Solar Farm - Appendix B - Maps and Drawings
Jindera Solar Farm - Appendix C.1 - Agency Consultation
Jindera Solar Farm - Appendix C.2 - Feedback Form
Jindera Solar Farm - Appendix C.3 - Public Consultation
Jindera Solar Farm - Appendix D - BDAR
Jindera Solar Farm - Appendix E - ACHAR
Jindera Solar Farm - Appendix F - Visual Impact Assessment F
Jindera Solar Farm - Appendix G - Result of Noise Assessment
Jindera Solar Farm - Appendix H - Noise Management Plan
Jindera Solar Farm Appendix I - Traffic Impact Assessment
Jindera Solar Farm - Appendix J - Soil Survey
Jindera Solar Farm - Appendix K - Water Runoff Model

Response to Submissions (1)

Submissions Report

Agency Advice (15)

Greater Hume Council - Objection to Project
Greater Hume Council - Advice on RTS
DPIE - BCD - Advice on EIS
DPIE - BCD - Advice on RTS
TfNSW (RMS) - Advice on EIS
TfNSW (RMS) - Advice on RTS
DPI Agriculture - Advice on EIS
DPI Agriculture - Advice on RTS
Fire & Rescue NSW - Advice on RTS
Rural Fire Service - Advice on EIS and RTS
Crown Lands - Advice on EIS
TransGrid - Advice on EIS
Regional NSW - MEG - Advice on EIS
DPIE - NRAR and Water - Advice on EIS
DPC - Heritage Council of NSW - Advice on EIS

Amendments (8)

Amendment Report 1
Appendix A.1 - Agricultural Impact Assessment
Appendix A.2 - Land and Soil Capability Assessment
Appendix A.3 Addendum Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment
Appendix A.4 - BDAR v2
Amended Subdivision Plan
Amendment Report 2
BDAR v3 (Final)

Additional Information (4)

Revised Visual Impact Assessment
Request for Additional Information 5/5/2020
Additional Information 15/5/2020
Revised Noise Impact Assessment

Recommendation (3)

IPC Referral Letter
Assessment Report
Recommended Conditions of Consent

Determination (3)

Statement of Reasons
Media Release
Development Consent

Post-determination Notices (1)

Notice of Determination

Approved Documents

Management Plans and Strategies (2)

Heritage Management Plan 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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ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AUTHORITY
Comment
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Message
I refer to the planning referral received by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) via the Major Projects Planning Portal on 10 October 2019 requesting our comments on the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Jindera Solar Farm.
The EPA has responsibilities for pollution control and environmental management for scheduled activities under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997. Based on the information provided the proposed development is not a scheduled activity under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 and the Jindera solar farm will not require an Environment Protection Licence. Under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 Greater Hume Shire Council will be the Appropriate Regulatory Authority for pollution control and environmental management issues for this proposal should it be approved.
On this basis the EPA has no further comments to make in relation to this proposal and requires no further consultation in relation to this matter.
If you have any further enquiries about this matter please contact Craig Bretherton by telephoning 02 6969 0700.
Matt Hicks
Support
JINDERA , New South Wales
Message
i believe this project is needed to boost the areas economy, provide jobs and to supply energy needs for the future. The project will also provide a dual landuse and remain agriculturally productive into the future. I don't believe that there will be any detrimental outcomes that have been suggested by people who are opposed to the project. In fact, the opposition in my opinion are purely operating on jealousy and self interest with no regard to factual information.
Martin Salzke
Support
Jindera , New South Wales
Message
I support solar power farms. Australia has to be doing something to secure our steady supply of clean electricity in this country, to cater for the growing population. They also need to be close to existing sub-stations and close to towns, renewable energy is an alternative to coal power stations.
Name Withheld
Comment
Albury , New South Wales
Message
Overall I am supportive because the site has good characteristics and because of the large substation at Jindera it allows the power that’s generated to reach the grid.

I would like the additional three points to be considered....
First, the relocation of habitat features should not just be to adjacent areas. They should also contribute to the vegetation screening that is planned for the neighboring properties, with a view of providing immediate habitat for the fauna in these areas - rather than having to wait for the screen plantings to grow and mature. That is the screens can and should serve both biodiversity and amenity functions.
Second, I also wish that the clearing of mature trees (which I understand to be up to 200) could be additionally offset by a program of installing next boxes for squirrel gliders and other such wildlife along nearby roadside reserves (eg Urana Rd, Cedardale Rd, Klinberg and Sparkes Rd) or travelling shock reserves nearby.
Third I am supportive of glider poles to connect the central woodland patch and the banning of the use of barbed wire along Sparkes road. But avoiding barbed wire should be extended to also include also Klinberg Rd and along the internal fenced off areas. That is I am suggesting that as barbed wire does snare Squirrel gliders - it not be used in areas where they are known to occur (Klinberg rd) or in the internal areas where they are being encouraged to occur (central woodland area)
HERITAGE COUNCIL OF NSW
Comment
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Message
Please see attached.
Attachments
Squirrel Glider Advisory group
Comment
TABLE TOP , New South Wales
Message
I would like to make a comment on considering any fencing that is to be installed needs to be wildlife friendly as an issue for Squirrel Gliders (and larger bats & wetland birds) is entanglement in barbed wire fencing. This would be particularly critical where there is habitat that is connected through the site to adjoining road sides and corridors.

Any removal of existing hollow bearing trees would be concerning and ensuring connectivity is maintained within the landscape between habitat patches vital.

There is a current project in the area focused on creating connectivity within the local landscape with the aim of doubling the current squirrel glider population. If any one would liek to make contact with us we would be really keen to help make this project squirrel glider friendly.
Graham Yensch
Support
JINDERA , New South Wales
Message
this project appears to be well planned and will benefit the environment as well as the local community this type of project should be encouraged , we need more of them
Department of Primary Industries
Comment
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Message
Please find attached the Department of Primary Industries comments.
Attachments
Cassandra Jacob
Object
WALLA WALLA , New South Wales
Message
I reside on a property not far from the proposed site and I strongly object to any solar farms in this area. We are blessed with very fertile A grade Ag land that should stay as Ag land. Even in shocking years (Drought, Floods etc) this area is still able to produce crops while most of the country aren't able to harvest anything but dirt.
The farm in which I reside has been in my husbands family for generations, and this in not unusual for this area. I don't believe there is enough evidence either way to prove whether these farms and their radiadtion will negatively impact on the climate, area and health of our families in 50, 100 or 150 years, which is a major concern for me and my family.
We are lucky enough to have a few native species around this area (Corroboree Frog, Sugar squirrel gliders) and while it has been noted by the company they are trying to minimize the impact on these guys habitats, filling in dams and pulling out trees to put in massive infrastructure cannot do these species any good.
It is also going to be a major eyesore for the community and it will negatively impact on our tourism, I can't remember the last time I wanted to take a holiday or a weekend trip to look at a solar farm. The company says that they will but tree barriers up and push back the panels etc, but lets be honest, putting lipstick on a pig doesn't make it not a pig.

Thankyou

Cassandra Jacob
Name Withheld
Object
GEROGERY , New South Wales
Message
1 don't want solar panels on good food producing land,as in this 100yr, drought this area has been the only land producing food as in crops and meat,
2 Devaluation of land re-selling as no one wants these to be an eye sore.
3 I believe when the life of these panels is up these will stell supports in the ground ,making cutting of the land impossible for crops and regeneration of pastures for Hay making or freddibf stock
4 the extra heat, that of at least 2° radiating off these panels will be detemental to young crops growing on the boundaries
5 because we have heavy fogs in the winter the efficacy of the panels will be reduced over the 3 months of winter
6 destruction of trees that have been in some cases there for over 100 years, and are habbiat to native birds and squirrel girders, frogs are also in this area
There is okentybof arrow land in our country where these Solar panels can be put and leave our good agricultural land to do what it does best that is producing food for all Australian
Jim Parrett
Object
jindera , New South Wales
Message
This is the first submission in a series of submissions that will come from myself.
This first submission is to seek an extension of time to review the proposal, for the following reasons;
1. the timing is appalling for the release of this SSD Proposal, we the affected landholders are into our busiest time of the year with hay and harvest seasons upon us and the proponents know this all to well as they gave their scoping report in the middle of harvest last year. We do not have adequate time or even mental clarity at this time of the year, currently it is 4.15am and I have been trying to register, review and provide comment since 2.30am prior to heading back out on to the tractor at sun up.
2. Clay Preshaw from the then DPE before your latest name change to DPIE at a solar forum in Culcairn on 28/11/2018 that he addressed, when pointed out the timing of these developments being lodged being unfair he stated that we could apply for an extension of time for submissions up to 90 days, now I am not saying we require 90 days, however, it would be nice to think you would give us some time post harvest to actually review this proposal. We generally finish harvest around christmas time, so the end of January would be very helpful to our cause and well being.
3. This is our livelihood and it is not only being challenged by this proposal but also the timing of it for comment, the proponents don't want feedback we have already garnered that via previous meetings with them, hence the timing of delivery when we are all exceptionally busy
David Hanel
Object
JINDERA , New South Wales
Message
My name is David Hanel & I live at 100 Klinberg Road Jindera.
I would like to express my opposition to the Jindera Solar Farm proposed in our area of Greater Hume Shire.
I’m extremely concerned of the locality of this development which is targeting prime agricultural land with 47.5% being class 3 (high agricultural land) and what the ramifications are for all who live close or those residing in the Shire. My parents have lived here since 1986, I also live here with my wife, the rural lifestyle is exceptional this is why we chose to reside here.
The development has the potential to destroy so much more than what is stated in the EIS not only the prime agricultural land but the loss of wild life and their habitat of this area. The extent of planning to destroy the native trees and vegetation is a concern, filling in 9 dams, also the constraints of movement throughout this area due to the panels and the 2 m perimeter fencing.
I have experienced wildlife in abundance animals, birds,reptiles, squirrel gliders and other wildlife not mentioned in the EIS.
The other concerns that I have is the micro climate, the lack of transparency; the area to the north of our property was not supposed to be covered with panels as the west side.
It is also bewildering that the crown land being purchased is not stated clearly only description is by letters and numbers I only hope that this will not impact on us as well.
The scattered areas of panels over 3 parcels of land and the many residents that are closely residing will have dramatic changes to their rural lifestyle, the aesthetic surrounds, devaluation of properties, fire risk and the damage to the community as neighbours, who are estranged throughout this process.
As the EIS is been read and reread for clarity one has to become robotic not to feel stress for the terminology throughout, RU1(resident uninvolved 1), no land conflicts, not adversely affected, no flooding impacts and the list is endless.
Solar energy projects does contribute to energy targets by the NSW and federal government BUT they should be planned in the right location and not in locations purely based on the transmission lines and the trans grid substation.
Thank you for your time
David Hanel
OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE
Comment
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Message
Response from Biodiversity & Conservation Division attached
Attachments
Susan Palmer
Object
JINDERA , New South Wales
Message
My property is located on Drumwood Rd, Jindera which is 1.5 km from the Jindera solar proposal and neighbours the proposed Glenellen proposal. Our land is used. For sheep farming as well as growing crops. I am objecting to the proposal and would like to raise the following concerns that I believe will adversely affect the success and value of my land should the project go ahead.
1. The impacts to neighbouring agricultural land including sediment run-off, impacts from the ongoing removal of vegetation, biodiversity impacts and loss of natural habitats, pest control limitations, impact on ability to treat invasive weeds and suppress bushfires and radiant heat effects.
2. The impact to future residential developments and land value due aesthetic impacts.
3. Site selection for proposal is based on accessibility to existing electrical infrastructure rather than the true suitability of the land.
4. Fundamental changes to the rural character of the locality through industrialisation.
5. The choice to live in this rural area to enjoy the fresh country air is a factor in many families decision to live here. Recently due to windy weather we have already endured dust and debris and one can only imagine how this will increase with the destruction of trees and the huge increase in traffic numbers. How would the impact on air quality be mitigated during construction? The suggestion of 'visual cues' to assess the level of dust and debris to totally unacceptable.
6. We are greatly concerned that our physical, mental and financial wellbeing will be put as risk and therefore object to the proposed development most vigourously.
Roads and Maritime Services
Comment
WAGGA WAGGA , New South Wales
Message
Attachments
Division of Resources & Geoscience
Comment
MAITLAND , New South Wales
Message
Division of Resources & Geoscience advice attached.
Attachments
Name Withheld
Object
walla walla , New South Wales
Message
Adverse Environmental Affects
Dust
Noise
Glare
Loss of Flora and Fauna habitat
Adverse Social Affects
Loss of cultural heritage sites
Dividing the district and neighbourhood
Over 60 landholders immediately affectedAdverse Economic Affects
Loss of prime agricultural land
Loss of important agricultural land
Loss of agricultural production
Solar companies all foreign owned
Devaluing of prime agricultural land and lifetime investments
Jindera Township
Restricts future growth
Proposal doesn’t give adequate detail of the proximity to township
Changing climatic conditions for the township and surrounds
Bushfire Risk
Insurance issues
Traffic management
Work hours disturbing the tranquillity
Philip Hanel
Object
JINDERA , New South Wales
Message
please find attached my submission
Attachments
Daryl Klein
Object
Jindera , New South Wales
Message
I am strongly opposed to this industrial development.
Attachments
Name Withheld
Support
GLENELLEN , New South Wales
Message
I believe in renewable energy.
It's a way of the future.
With Australia's population growing we have to keep up the power to provide power to them .
Jindera solar farm is close to a substation and far enough away from Jindera

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Project Details

Application Number
SSD-9549
Assessment Type
State Significant Development
Development Type
Electricity Generation - Solar
Local Government Areas
Greater Hume Shire
Decision
Approved
Determination Date
Decider
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