Community

Engagement with the local community is a critical objective of Neoen and is integral to this project. A strategy has been developed to ensure that open dialogue and information transfer can occur with local residents, stakeholders and the wider community in an efficient manner.

This approach shall ensure that there is no “surprise” to the community and that a long-term relationship is maintained between the project team and all project stakeholders.

Community Benefits

Development of the Numurkah Solar Farm produced economic benefits for the Numurkah area well before the first megawatt of electricity was generated. Scientists, consultants, and company executives have been and will continue visiting the site, providing income for the accommodation and service sectors.

However, this is only part of the 300 people that were employed at the peak of the 6-7 month construction phase. The construction phase will also had a large spin-off for the accommodation and service sectors.

The solar farm is now providing ongoing employment for a small team required to provide ongoing maintenance for activities such as: panel cleaning, vegetation management, and thermal imaging of the electrical equipment.

If you have skills that may be useful during the operation of the solar farm, please email us at contact@numurkahsolarfarm.com.au with your contact details and a brief description of the services and skills you can provide.

Community Consultation

Neoen is committed to continue working with the local community to ensure a transparent engagement process and a successful project.

The objectives of the community engagement process are:

  • To keep the community and stakeholders informed about the project through the provision of factual project information;
  • To identify and address community and stakeholder concerns and maintain transparency during the project;
  • To identify opportunities for local business involvement in the implementation of the project; and
  • To provide feedback on how stakeholder and community input will influence the project.

Neoen considers community consultation to be essential at all stages of the solar farm life cycle, and invites all members of the community to click on the following link to complete a community feedback form.

Completed applications must be submitted by email to:

Community Fund

Neoen Australia has established the Numurkah Solar Farm (NMSF) Community Fund to provide financial support to community groups for projects that benefit and strengthen the Moira Shire region. Projects that align with one of Neoen’s community growth focus areas can apply for funding.

Community growth focus areas

  1. Environmental sustainability – inspiring participation, development and uptake of new technologies and ideas
  2. Health and wellbeing – contributing to improved health and wellbeing outcomes in regional communities
  3. Strong connected communities – encouraging community participation, involvement and connection
  4. Sport and recreation – encouraging participation in sport and recreational activities
  5. Arts and culture – fostering creativity and connection in the community through art and culture
  6. Skills, education and training – addressing local skills development and adding value to educational opportunities

 

Application Process

Applications can be downloaded here.

An acknowledgement application will be sent to groups once the grant application has been received.

The deadline for all applications is 12:00 noon on 30 August 2019. No late applications will be accepted.

Key Dates

19 July 2019                            Applications open

30 August 2019                       Applications close (12:00) noon. No late applications will be accepted

27 September 2019                 Organisations officially informed of results