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Explore the applications and approvals for the Rye Park Wind Farm.

Approvals

The Rye Park Wind Farm received a Development Consent in 2017 and received a modified Development Consent in April 2021.

A copy of the Development Consent (SSD-6693) can be downloaded here.

Key assessment and approval documents are provided in the Applications section below.

The Project received approval under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) (EPBC 2020/8837) in June 2021, and can be downloaded here.

Details of the Referral process are contained in the Applications section below.

Applications

The Environmental Assessment was lodged in March 2014. A copy of the Environmental Assessment can be found here.

A Response to Submissions report was lodged with DPIE which was placed on public exhibition from 18 May 2016 to 23 June 2016. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

The Project received planning approval for up to 92 turbines from the former NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) in May 2017. A copy of the 2017 Development Consent and conditions can be downloaded here.

In response to significant advancements in wind turbine technology (e.g. new, more efficient turbines) a modification to the Development Consent was sought in April 2020 with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).

DPIE ran their statutory consultation process from Wednesday, 13 May for 21 days until Wednesday, 3 June.

Using the latest turbines allows the project to generate more electricity from fewer turbines, powering more homes with clean energy.

The Modification Application is available for download or viewing via the NSW Major Projects website.

A Response to Submissions (RTS) Report was prepared that documents how the issues raised in submissions received from the public, government agencies and organisations have been considered and responded to.

In response to submissions made during the public exhibition period, ongoing consultation with landholders and government agencies, and progression of the Project’s detailed design, further revisions were made to the Modified Project.

An Amendment Report that outlined and assessed the further clarifications to the Approved Project was prepared at the same time as the RTS, as well as a later report (Amendments Report No. 2).

The RTS and Amendment Reports are available for download or viewing via the NSW Major Projects website.

The modifications to the Development Consent included:

  • the removal of 15 wind turbines from 92 to 77;
  • an increase to the wind turbine tip height to a maximum height of 200m (from 157m);
  • revisions to the Development Corridor to accommodate the revised indicative Development Footprint; and
  • the selection of a Preferred Transport Route.

The Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) advised that the Rye Park Wind Farm project (EPBC 2020/8837) required assessment by preliminary documentation. The preliminary documentation was on display for public comment from 15 January 2021 to 29 January 2021.

The Referral assessed the impacts of the Project on all matters protected by the EPBC Act, including listed threatened species and communities protected by the EPBC Act.

During this period 24 submissions were received including one positive submission. Click here to view the final preliminary documentation along with a document summarising and responding to the comments.

Details of the environment assessment process can be found here.

Compliance

During construction and operation of the wind farm there will be a number of activities required to comply with the Development Consent and EPBC Act approvals.

These will include environmental compliance such as bird and bat monitoring, noise compliance monitoring and a visual screening program to ensure compliance with the Development Consent requirements.

This webpage will be updated to include copies of final layout plans and management plans once prepared.