What can I do right now?

Strzelecki Community Alliance Inc. is run by a group of concerned residents and family members. We have over 300 households represented, totalling over 1000 individuals within the 3km radius of the wind farm.

A reminder – the Alliance is not opposed to renewable energy. The Alliance is opposed to this industrial scale proposal too close to homes, too close to communities and located in a bushfire-prone area.

Overview

OSMI, the proposed Delburn Wind Farm developer, is currently working through a standard process in an attempt to have their plan approved by State and Federal governments. If a license is obtained, OSMI have stated they will sell the Wind Farm.

For each of the following, we have provided information about the activity, its current status and what you can do right now to ensure your voice is heard. The links will provide you with tips and ideas of what topics you can comment on.

There are a number of activities currently underway:

EPBC referral

Any proposed wind farm developer is required to submit a referral to The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE). The Federal Government will review the referral and will read all of the community comments to decide whether the project is likely to have significant impacts and a controlled action is required. A controlled action means an environmental assessment and approval is warranted. It’s important to note that the Federal Government will take into consideration every comment received. Every comment counts.
 
Where is the EPBC process up to?

•    OSMI submitted their first referral in January 2020. It opened for public comment in May.
•    Once the referral was made publicly available, any member of the community could write a comment. There were only ten business days to comment once it was published.
•    OSMI withdrew its first referral after public comments closed.
•    OSMI re-submitted their referral in May 2020.

The referral opened for public comment on 18/06/2020 and has now closed. We thank all individuals and groups who submitted comments. 

What can I do now?

  1. Read the relevant documents available on the OSMI website: https://osmi.com.au/planning/
  2. Form your position on areas that concern you.
  3. Download the template above, which will make it easy for you to write a comment.
  4. Email the SCA to be added as a member (strzeleckicommunityalliance@aol.com)
  5. Join the Facebook group click here
  6. Join the Instagram group click here
  7. Send in complaints to key stakeholders: see below

8. Gather evidence – take photos of any flora and fauna of significance, including (but not limited to).

Click on each image for more information.

White-bellied sea eagles

Wedge-tailed eagles

Roadside animals anywhere
near the proposed wind farm site

When you take any photo, make sure you are able to reference where you took the photo. There are lots of geo-referencing apps available via the app stores.

Growling Grass Frog

Strzelecki Koala

Narracan Burrowing Crayfish

OSMI is approaching landowners of neighbouring properties to conduct the pre-construction noise testing. A noise assessment is necessary to support OSMI’s application for planning approval. If the development goes ahead, this pre-testing is vital in proving whether or not the wind farm is complying with regulations. Examples of poor practice in the conducting of these tests and the analysis of the results are available in the report from the 2015 Senate inquiry into wind farms (https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Wind_Turbines/Wind_Turbines/Final_Report ).

The SCA has NOT approved the companies engaged by OSMI to do the noise testing or the required peer review.

You may consider getting independent noise testing completed right now. Please contact the SCA if you have been approached by OSMI. strzeleckicommunityalliance@aol.com

Have you raised your hand and allowed OSMI to proceed with noise testing? If so, please ensure you do the following:
i. Take photos of every piece of equipment set up by the acousticians – make sure you can identify how far the equipment is from your home
ii. Measure the precise distance the equipment is from your home to the equipment
iii. Take photos of any nearby items which may cause noise interference, such as trees or tin banging
iv. Engage with the Strzelecki Community Alliance Inc. We can also provide you with guidance on what to do. strzeleckicommunityalliance@aol.com or via our Contact Us page

OSMI has submitted their referral to the Victorian State Government. This referral is currently under review. The public has an opportunity to respond only to the EES provided by OSMI if the Minister for Planning decides one is required. Here is a link to the process: https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/environment-assessment/what-is-the-ees-process-in-victoria .

Where is the EES referral up to?
The minister is currently reviewing OSMI’s referral.

What can I do right now?

See below for more information.

OSMI will proceed with a planning submission at some stage in the very near future.

Where is the planning submission up to?
This step has not yet commenced.

What can I do right now?
1. Raise every complaint you have with OSMI. Get written confirmation the complaint has been recorded. (contactus@osmi.com.au)
2. Email the SCA to be added as a member (strzeleckicommunityalliance@aol.com )
3. Join the Facebook group (search Strzelecki Community Alliance)
4. Join the Instagram group (search Strzelecki Community Alliance) 
5. Send in complaints to key stakeholders
6. Write to and/or engage media outlets 

Making a comment

Help with writing to key stakeholders

OSMI are the developers who have partnered with one land owner (Hancocks Plantation Victoria) and will sell off the wind farm following planning approval.

• Email your complaint to OSMI: contactus@osmi.com.au
• Title your email COMPLAINT, along with the precise complaint. Example title: COMPLAINT – no consultation with Smith Family
• When you use OSMI’s complaints form on their website, you may quickly lose track of your complaint. Use your own email address to send your complaint, so you always retain a copy.
• Raise every complaint you have with OSMI to OSMI. Get written confirmation that your complaint has been recorded.
• Example complaint letters – Coming soon

The Commissioner’s role is to receive and refer complaints from concerned community residents about wind farms (as well as promote best practices for industry and government to adopt in regard to the planning and operation of these projects)
Contact at:

https://www.nwfc.gov.au/making-a-complaint/lodge-complaint-form
• Phone 1800656395 or nwfc@environment.gov.au if you have any issues with completing the complaint template

Email your complaint to Simon Gatt – General Manager Gippsland: simon.gatt@hvp.com.au

Title your email with COMPLAINT

What to write?

A letter of complaint about the proposed Delburn Wind Farm.

 

What to do if the response is that a planning application has not been received yet?

It doesn’t matter. Please stress your concerns, raise any or all complaints and request your complaints are registered.

 

Who to write to?


1. Latrobe:
a. jody.riorden@latrobe.vic.gov.au (Manager Regional City Planning)
b. steven.piasente@latrobe.vic.gov.au (CEO)

c.http://www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/About_Us/Contact_Us/Complaints

2. South Gippsland:
a. council@southgippsland.vic.gov.au
b. kerryn.ellis@southgippsland.vic.gov.au (CEO)

c. https://www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/info/20030/aged_and_disability/178/register_a_complaint_or_concern

3. Baw Baw:
a. david.quelch@bawbawshire.vic.gov.au (Coordinator Statutory Planning)
b. mark.dupe@bawbawshire.vic.gov.au (CEO)

c. https://www.bawbawshire.vic.gov.au/Customer-Service/Contact-Us/Enquiries-and-Complaints
c. bawbaw@bawbawshire.vic.gov.au

4. State and Federal members:
a. Richard Wynne (Minister for Planning) richard.wynne@parliament.vic.gov.au
b. Lily D’Ambrosio (Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Solar Homes) lily.dambrosio@parliament.vic.gov.au
c. Sussen Ley (Environment Minister, Federal) https://minister.awe.gov.au/ley/contact/contact-form
d. Michael Juttner (Manager, Renewables at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning michael.juttner@delwp.vic.gov.au
e. Daniel Andrews (Premier, Victoria) daniel.andrews@parliament.vic.gov.au
f. Jenny Mikakos (Minister for Health) jenny.mikakos@parliament.vic.gov.au
g. Jaclyn Symes (Minister for Regional Development) jaclyn.symes@parliament.vic.gov.au
h. Ryan Smith (Shadow Minister for Energy and Renewables, Shadow Minister for Resources) ryan.smith@parliament.vic.gov.au
i. Bridget Vallence (Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change) bridget.vallence@parliament.vic.gov.au
j. Peter Walsh (Shadow Minister for Bushfire Recovery, among others) peter.walsh@parliament.vic.gov.au

Additional tips

1. Get involved with the SCA and receive updates - see Contact us

2. Visit one of the upcoming events run by the SCA - see Events

• Take photos of any animals or photos of flora which may be deemed significant by the EPBC and/or EES or are of importance to you

Have you allowed OSMI onto your property to take photos of any views? If so, please ensure you do the following:
• Download a geo-referencing app
• Geo-reference the photos by downloading an app to assist.
• Take photos of precisely the same view. Date and time stamp the images

You don’t need the blessing of the SCA to raise your concerns. However, together, we are stronger. There are a number of ways of engaging the media:

• Local or State newspapers (letter to the editor, engage with journalists)

- Latrobe Valley Express
- Mirboo North Times
- Narracan News
- South Gippsland Voice

• Radio
• Television
• Social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

 

  • Talk with your neighbours- it’s likely they too are feeling overwhelmed by this sudden issue.
  • Proceed with independent noise testing.
  • Consult your legal representative.
  • Get your property valued.
  • Consult your local GP or other health care professional/s - the threat the Delburn Wind Farm proposal may be impacting your health. Please talk through your worries and concerns with your GP and get your health checked. The impact of this proposal on the health of community has already been realized.
  • Research and share information with the Alliance – via Facebook, Instagram and via our contact us page. Together we can uncover more and more information to ensure we build a strong case against this proposal.

 

 


a. The proposal has been overwhelming and most of us have considered the potential catastrophic impact to our homes and our families.

b. Keep a copy of all written communication.

Whilst it is tempting to personally attack those who support the proposal, we request that communication remains respectful.