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Central-West Orana Transmission Project

Community and Employment Benefit Program

EnergyCo is developing a program to deliver tangible benefits for the community. We are seeking feedback from the community through a survey, workshops and local information sessions.

An online briefing was held on Monday 5 February 2024. You can view the Q&A from the briefing here.

An online survey is also available to give your feedback on the types of benefits you think should be delivered in your community.

Complete the survey

Community drop-in events for Central-West Orana REZ

 

EnergyCo is consulting local communities, First Nations stakeholders and Councils on the design of the Community and Employment Benefit Program (the Program). 

 

We are hosting a series of community drop-in sessions to gather feedback to inform the Program, open to all members of the Central-West Orana REZ community.

LocationDateTime

Dunedoo

Dunedoo Jubilee Memorial Hall, 

154 Bolaro Street

Monday 26 February  3pm to 6pm

Cassilis 

Cassilis Community Centre, 

22-24 Buccleugh Street

Tuesday 27 February10am to 1pm

Mudgee

Mudgee Golf Club

21 Robertson St

Tuesday 27 February3pm to 6pm

Elong Elong

Elong Elong Community Hall, 

31 Dubbo Street

Wednesday 28 February4pm to 6pm

Coolah

Coolah Youth and Community Centre, 

10-12 Binnia Street

Wednesday 28 February3pm to 6pm

Wellington

Wellington Soldiers Club 

75 Arthur Street 

Thursday 29 February10am to 1pm

Dubbo

Quest Apartment Hotels, 

22 Bultje Street  

Thursday 29 February3pm to 6pm

Gulgong

Gulgong CWA Hall,

80 Herbert Street

Friday 1 March10 am to 1pm

Community and Employment Benefit Program

Communities in the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) will receive $128 million over the next four years to deliver community projects and employment opportunities.

The funding is the first down payment to bring forward community and employment benefits, to ensure they flow before construction of new transmission infrastructure and renewable generation projects begins in late 2024.

This will leave a lasting legacy for the communities hosting renewable energy projects in their area.

The NSW Government is working closely with local councils, community and First Nations organisations, renewable energy companies and other stakeholders to identify and fund community priorities and long-term legacy programs in the region.

The types of projects that could be funded include:

  • public infrastructure upgrades
  • housing and accommodation
  • training and employment programs
  • health and education programs
  • support for energy efficiency and local rooftop solar, and
  • initiatives for First Nations people.

The Community and Employment Benefit Program will be administered by EnergyCo. Upfront funding will come from the Transmission Acceleration Facility, and after 2028 will be funded through access fees paid by renewable energy generators connecting to new transmission lines in the Central-West Orana REZ.

Over time, this program will be expanded to the other four REZs in NSW; New England, South West, Hunter-Central Coast and Illawarra.

About the transmission project

The Central-West Orana REZ will be serviced by new transmission network infrastructure, including transmission lines and energy hubs, which will transfer power generated by solar and wind farms to electricity consumers. This infrastructure will be critical for the successful operation of the REZ. EnergyCo is leading the development of the REZ transmission network infrastructure as the Infrastructure Planner for the REZs in NSW.

EnergyCo is responsible for developing and overseeing the planning and approval processes for the REZ network infrastructure. We are also running a competitive tender process to appoint a Network Operator to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the REZ transmission network.

To support the delivery of the transmission network infrastructure and the REZ as a whole, we are working closely with the developers of renewable energy projects to plan their connections into the network. We are also working with generators and other key stakeholders to develop strategies to manage cumulative impacts within the REZ and deliver community benefit initiatives.

Environmental Impact Statement exhibition

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment placed the Central-West Orana REZ transmission project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on public exhibition between Thursday 28 September and Wednesday 8 November 2023. The EIS can be viewed on the NSW Planning Portal.

EnergyCo developed a digital summary of the EIS, a range of fact sheets, a stand-alone executive summary and a simple guide to make the EIS more accessible to the community. View the tools and resources below.

EnergyCo hosted a series of information sessions to help the community learn more about the EIS, with a dedicated team on hand to assist and answer any questions.

EnergyCo will develop a submissions report responding to the issues raised from submissions, which will be released in 2024.

Updates and announcements

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The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Central-West Orana REZ transmission project was exhibited from late September until early November 2023 and can be viewed on the NSW Planning Portal.

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EIS information sessions dates, and tools and resources including a digital EIS and topic specific fact sheets.

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A guide to help you understand the EIS and how to make a submission.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Central-West Orana REZ or would like to provide feedback, please contact us at any time:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 1800 032 101 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)