REDUCING the impact of major developments on local road networks is a key issue for all parties involved in such projects. In Warrnambool this week, at the Wannon Roads Forum, there was significant discussion around on-site quarries at wind farms.
Our Salt Creek Wind Farm project, which began its early works phase in March, has an on-site quarry. We have been fortunate to deal with a local family company who own and operate the quarry and have a positive relationship with them.
We are able to source a significant portion of the materials we need from this quarry — removing the need to utilise the road network. However, this relationship has broader-reaching benefits than the reduction of road impacts.
We have been able to return a financial benefit to a long-term business and contribute to the economic viability of the region where our wind farm is based. We are committed to exploring this opportunity at all of our wind farm sites in Victoria.
Ernst Weyhausen, director Newen Australia