Bald Hills Wind Farm Community Fund 2019 Grant Recipients

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District Grant – Tarwin District Auto Festival The $5,000 district grant was awarded to the Venus Bay, Tarwin Lower & District Men’s Shed to support the Tarwin District Auto Festival.  The Tarwin District Auto Festival will be held on Sunday 3 November, 2019 (Melbourne Cup weekend) at the Tarwin Recreational Reserve, Walkerville Road.  For more information about the Auto Festival, please contact Michael Gardner at stude1@live.com Small Grant Awards The following organisations were successful in their applications for a Small Grant (being $2,000 or under): Tarwin Wildlife Shelter (auspiced by the Walkerville Ratepayers and Residents Inc) for infrastructure maintenance at the Shelter; Thirsty Works Gallery for Community Art Materials to purchase materials to support art and printmaking classes; Tarwin Lower …

Wind Farm Open Day Thank You

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Bald Hills Wind Farm participated in the National Wind Farm Open Day on 21 October 2018, running bus tours from the Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute and Memorial Hall to the wind farm. Over 200 people attended the event and enjoyed the wind farm bus tour, hearing about the wind farm’s operations from Senvion staff and an informative and positive presentation from one of the local residents. Bald Hill Wind Farm would like to extend a special thanks to the Tarwin Lower Mechanics Hall, Venus Bay Tarwin Lower & District Men’s Shed Inc., Sista Face Painting, Hops Jumping Castle, Luke & Kim Face Painting and the Renewable Energy Demonstration Trailer for making the day a really great family outing.  

Wind Farm Open Day

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The Bald Hills Wind Farm will be participating in this year’s National Wind Farm Open Day on Sunday 21 October. Members of the Bald Hills Wind Farm team will be at the Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute and Memorial Hall with information about wind energy, fun activities for kids and a sausage sizzle. Bus tours to the wind farm will be running throughout the day, departing from the Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute and Memorial Hall.  Long pants and closed shoes must be worn. Date:               Sunday 21 October 2018 Time:              10 AM to 2 PM Location:       Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute and Memorial Hall, 27 River Dr, Tarwin Lower, VIC, 3956 Register:        …

James C. Smith and Associates report received

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Bald Hills Wind Farm received a copy of a report by James C Smith & Associates (Report) earlier this week regarding the alleged nuisance caused by noise levels associated with the wind farm. We have had no prior opportunity to review this Report. While we review its content, we would like to highlight that Bald Hills Wind Farm is fully compliant with noise limits stipulated in its planning permit granted by the State Government of Victoria. Assessing any nuisance associated with noise is a complex area. Since commencing operations, Bald Hills Wind Farm has engaged noise experts to conduct extensive noise monitoring which confirms its compliance with planning permit requirements. As the related nuisance complaint remains under investigation by the …

Wind Farm Open Day

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The Bald Hills Wind Farm will be participating in this year’s National Wind Farm Open Day on Sunday 21 October. Members of the Bald Hills Wind Farm team will be at the Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute and Memorial Hall with information about wind energy, fun activities for kids and a sausage sizzle. Bus tours to the wind farm will be running throughout the day, departing from the Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute and Memorial Hall.  Long pants and closed shoes must be worn. Date:               Sunday 21 October 2018 Time:              10 AM to 2 PM Location:       Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute and Memorial Hall, 27 River Dr, Tarwin Lower, VIC, 3956 Register:        …

District Grant – Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute Hall

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The Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute Hall was awarded the 2017 District Project to replace the external guttering of the Hall. The Hall plays an important part in the local community hosting a wide range of events, meetings and classes. The Hall was a recipient of a grant in 2016 and used the funds to re-paint the interior of the Hall. Matter of Fact – the monthly community newspaper for Venus Bay, Tarwin Lower and district published an article about the hall and the “makeover” which can be read here.

Bald Hills Wind Farm Community Fund – Grant Applications Open

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The Bald Hills Community Fund provides funding for projects of social, economic or environmental benefit to the Tarwin Lower, Venus Bay and Walkerville districts.  Bald Hills Wind Farm will provide $25,000 per year for each year the wind farm is in operation to the Community Fund.  Any funds not utilised are carried over to the next year.  This year, the Community Fund has $28,480 available for grants to community organisations. Funds will be allocated in two categories: Small Projects: Grants of up to $2000 per project. 80% of the annual funding will be allocated to this section. District Projects: Grants of up to $5,000 per project.  District Projects must demonstrate community partnerships/collaboration along with an overall benefit to the district/wider …

BHWF

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BHWF maintenance technicians Trek Davis, left, and Tristan Walker were on hand and ready when they came upon a roadside fire while driving between the farms in March, dousing the first of a few spot fires before joining with the local CFA who had responded to the same emergency in hot and dry conditions.    

Bald Hills Wind Farm Bat and Avifauna Management Plan

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Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd engaged Brett Lane & Associates Pty Ltd (BL&A) to carry out the operational phase bat, avifauna and mortality monitoring surveys outlined in the Bat and Avifauna Management Plan (BAM Plan) for the Bald Hills Wind Farm to record, assess and report on the impact of the wind farm operation on birds and bats. BL&A have prepared a detailed report covering the first year of operation and this report is currently being reviewed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Minister for Planning.