This page provides members of the general public with regular feedback from studies that have been conducted on the Sapphire Wind Farm site. These studies contribute to the Environmental Assessment (EA) that must be submitted to NSW Department of Planning for approval.
Ecology Assessment : 21st Jan 2011
This study reviews the potential impact on wildlife, and is completed by experienced ecologists who use research techniques and local onsite visits to build a case. The initial onsite surveys have now been completed with further studies to continue through the Autumn months.
BioBanking will be used to offset against any habitat losses, protecting species and communities in perpetuity. Potential Biobanking sites are in the process of being assessed. Any landowners interested in participating, who have property adjacent/close to the proposed development, are welcome to contact us.
Geology and Civil Engineering Assessment : 31st Jan 2011
This resport looks at the civil engineering requirements for the project, including the impact of slopes, geology and landform on the design of the access track layout and turbine positions. This will be further refined during the pre-construction phase of the project.
Revised Ecological Assessment : 28th Feb 2011
Updated ecology work has been carried out on-site in the Spring/Summer months to account for changes in the layout of the wind farm. No significant issues were found and only slight modifications to part of the access track route were necessary.
Electrical Connection Assessment : 31st Mar 2011
This study looks at potential distribution line routes for connecting the wind farm to the national transmission grid. It has been determined that a 330kV connection is most appropriate but a back-up 132kV connection is also possible. Both of these options will be considered.
Indigenous Heritage : 31st Mar 2011
This study reviews the potential impact of the project on indigenous heritage values. Through consultation, literature reviews and field surveys, mitigation measures will be ascertained that are consistent with Government guidelines. Wind Prospect CWP will work closely with the local indigenous communities to ensure the wind farm does not affect heritage values.
Transport Impact and Safety Assessment : 31st Mar 2011
This study analyses both the effects of construction traffic, and potential transport routes to the wind farm, e.g. access via local roads, paths, tracks etc.
Aviation Assessment : 4th Apr 2011
This study analyses the effects the wind farm may have on the safety and/or regularity of aircraft operations in the area. This includes civilan and military operations, including local super spraying and private light aircraft usage. The report will include information from CASA, Airservices Australia, AAAA and the Dept of Defence.
Electromagnetic Interference Assessment : 28th Feb 2011
This study assesses the potential interference caused to licensed radio services, television broadcasts, microwave links, RADAR and other networked services in range of the wind farm site.
Acoustic Assessment : 4th Apr 2011
This assessment calculates the potential noise impact, and ensures that the wind farm complies with noise standard legislation. This study looks at the impact of a variety of turbine designs across the proposed turbine layouts, looking at any necessary mitigation measures to ensure no adverse noise impacts will result.
Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment : 4th Apr 2011
Landscape architects are commissioned to analyse the existing environment, and assess the visual effects of the wind farm. This study looks at the impact of the wind farm on the surrounding area. Photomontages have been created showing how the wind farm will look from a variety of locations for inclusion in the Environmental Assessment.