New South Wales
1. We adjoin the proposed solar farm project on the south eastern side – NOT Australian Grain Technologies (AGT) as on map (see attachment red outline Mirrabooka). We have not had invitations to meetings to discuss possible issues. The only contact has been two phone calls by ourselves to a representative of Silverleaf where we were assured that an onsite meeting would be organised to explain the project before the EIS – this has not happened.
2.Water flow directions on EIS map- figure 2 catchment delineation- legend Drain, is shown to be flowing in the opposite direction to what it actually does – see attachment (Drain) have arrowed in red the flow direction. This drain has not been maintained by the owner (Logan’s). For it to be operational this drain must be maintained at all times. Eg cleaning of silt build up, bank deterioration, regrowth, etc.
3. Security mesh Fencing 2.1 metres high, of the project is completely unacceptable. The reason being that water will not be able to flow through this mesh fence because of debris build up, e.g., vegetation will create a blockage of the path of water through this fence – the result being that the water will build up to a certain height and either demolish the fence for the water to continue on its normal path/direction or divert in a different direction (the fence would be acting as a weir, if the fence is demolished severe erosion would occur). Looking at map provided, the security fence appears to be very close to the centre of the creek and also crossing the creek on two occasions. Where the fence is close to the creek, when in flood it spreads beyond the perimeter of the fence. EIS Water estimate flows are questionable (see as attached Sinclair Knight partners report) studies done before our irrigation development and our experience has shown these figures to be reasonably accurate. Our experience with flood water is that a mesh fence this high would create many problems. The creek needs to be let flow in its natural course.
4. As we grow many different irrigated crops including cotton, we use aircraft to apply many chemical applications and fertilizers– for this to occur we use a SE breeze to take any drift away from highway and town. With the development of the solar farm on our boundary this may take away our ability to do this.
5. We are not in favour of the transmission line that will be built close to our boundary this would impact on our farming operations. There is an existing power line through our property that runs through the proposed solar farm, in the EIS report this line is to be moved from the solar farm site, will this line be moved off our place?
6. We see in the EIS proposed planting of screen trees. These to be planted around permitter of solar farm. It would be detrimental to our farm if planted within a 100 metres of our boundary due to roots penetrating irrigation structures.
7. The proposed ARTC Inland rail route Narromine to Narrabri N2N – the final corridor as signed off by the government will not come the way as in your EIS.
8. Attached Shire rates notices (attachment Mirrabooka rates notices) which clarify our property Mirrabooka and lot no’s as adjoining proposed solar farm site. We acquired these two properties in 1977 and the 2nd 1983. Over that time we have developed these properties into a highly productive and valuable business. Having a solar farm operating next to us will devalue our two properties. Property Lot 1 DP566857 is separate title which is a saleable lifestyle block