• ACCIONA today announced the group of local stakeholders who will serve on its first Community Engagement Committee (CEC) for the MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct.

Brett Wickham, Managing Director of ACCIONA’s Australian Energy Division, thanked those who nominated for the CEC and said the committee members represented an excellent cross-section of the communities interested in the project.

“Community committees are designed to foster genuine discussion and collaboration and are always an invaluable source of advice on ways a project should be progressed within an existing local community,” he said.

“We were impressed with the calibre of nominations for our first MacIntyre Wind Farm CEC and look forward to working with committee members to achieve really strong local outcomes from the project.”

The local stakeholders appointed to the MacIntyre Wind Farm CEC, who are representative of the three local council areas with interest in the project, are:

  • David Bartlett (Gore)
  • Trudi Bartlett (Harlaxton), Regional Development Australia
  • Michelle Conkas (Severnlea), Granite Belt Sustainable Action Network
  • Lloyd Hilton (Karara), local community volunteer
  • Susie Kelly (Goondiwindi), Goondiwindi Regional Council
  • Graham Parker (Stanthorpe), Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce
  • Joel Richters (Goondiwindi), Care Goondiwindi
  • Jo Sheppard (Toowoomba), University Southern Queensland

The CEC term of membership for Community Representatives is two years. The CEC will hold its first meeting in mid-October 2020 at which the CEC’s independent chairperson will be announced.

One of the first items of business for the CEC will be to provide input into MacIntyre Precinct Social Impact Assessment (SIA). The SIA, which kicked off in the middle of September, is being conducted by leading Australian planning and environmental consultancy firm EMM.

The purpose of the SIA is to assist ACCIONA to understand the social impacts associated with the project and to provide the foundation for decisions regarding the development and review of community programs and initiatives to be delivered through the Projects’ Community

Enhancement Program. The SIA, which incorporates a mix of face-to-face consultation, field studies and in-depth research, will run over the coming months, with a final report to be presented in Q1 2021. 

For more information contact:
Jamin Smith, 0451 755 355