The Gunning Wind Farm has an electrical substation, access tracks to each turbine, an operation and maintenance facility and 17.4km of underground cabling. A 14km 132kV transmission line was also constructed to connect the wind farm to the existing Yass-Goulburn transmission line.
The turbines are located on the privately owned property Walwa, which is predominantly cleared pastoral land. The wind farm site continues to be used for grazing.
ACCIONA is committed to engaging with the local community surrounding the Gunning Wind Farm. We also acknowledge the importance and value of feedback (including both enquiries and complaints). We can be contacted via our free call community information hotline 1800 283 550.
IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL EMERGENCY SERVICES ON 000
ACCIONA is committed to improving the social and economic platform of the region and sharing the benefits of the project as widely and equitably as possible to deliver fair outcomes.
The Gunning Wind Farm Shared Benefits Program will comprise several components:
Community Benefit Fund
The Community Benefit Fund supports services, events and projects which directly benefit the communities in the vicinity of the Gunning Wind Farm. Through this program ACCIONA aims to foster positive partnerships with the local community. The Community Benefit Fund is supported by the Gunning Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund Advisory Group. The Group has been formed to:
Projects which the Community Benefit Fund may support may include community events, improving community facilities, sporting events, disaster relief and arts and cultural initiatives or other projects that benefit the local community.
Small Grants / Sponsorship Program
As part of our commitment to supporting local communities, ACCIONA annually invites community groups to apply for sponsorship funding for projects and events. Funding is available to assist local community groups who make a difference by enhancing the social well being and/or improving environmental educational, cultural or economic outcomes of the local community.
Our sponsorship funding for 2020 has been finalised, however to find out more information, click here.
Education / Scholarship Program
ACCIONA through the Gunning Wind Farm Shared Benefits Program is able to provide a one-time scholarship of up to $5000 for a student wishing to undertake study that will benefit the communities in which they live. Preference is given to those studying Engineering, Science or Agricultural based courses. The scholarship program is open to all students from the Colac Otway Shire area, who have recently completed high school, and are wishing to enter into further study at TAFE or University in 2020.
The 2020 Scholarship program is closed, however to find out more information, click here.
A new 132kV transmission line has been constructed to connect the wind farm to the existing 132kV Yass-Goulburn transmission line. Electricity is generated from turbines at 12kV and is then stepped up at a substation to 132kV to match the existing Yass-Goulburn voltage before connection can be made to the grid.
Since construction of the Gunning Wind Farm was approved in 2004, ACCIONA has undertaken additional cultural heritage surveys of the site. Potentially significant sites were identified and were sub surface tested. Ten artefacts were identified. The transmission line was also surveyed. All artefacts were identified artefacts were salvaged and relocated in accordance with the Aboriginal Affairs Guidelines. No heritage sites were impacted by the wind farm.
The Gunning Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP) outlines the incident response and notification process in the event of a pollution incident at Gunning Wind Farm. It has been prepared in accordance with the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) Act and Regulations.