What is a Community Reference Group?
WestWind Energy recognises that wind farms are not only projects to generate electricity from using renewable energy sources, but they are also social projects, and community engagement is fundamental to delivering positive and effective outcomes for wind projects. Project feasibility often depends on the communities’ level of acceptance, so solid community engagement practices are vital in establishing a wind farm that is mutually beneficial to all stakeholders.
WestWind Energy appreciates that community engagement goes well beyond the requirements necessary under the planning permit, and has adopted engagement strategies that enable the input of community to identify local values and inform the decisions and activities of the project.
As part of our community engagement strategy, a Community Reference Group (CRG) has been established for the Lal Lal Wind Farm and consists of a cross-section of community members. The role of the CRG is to enhance communication between WestWind Energy and the community; enhance WestWind’s understanding of community issues; encourage community partnerships; and, ensure the local community benefits as a result of the wind farm project.
How to Nominate
Part of the CRG’s role will be to identify and nominate community projects for funding opportunities that benefit the wider local community. Once projects have been nominated, the CRG will make recommendations to the wind farm on which community projects could benefit financially, via a Community Benefit Fund.
The Lal Lal Wind Farm CRG meets on a regular basis, and we are currently accepting applications for vacant positions on the CRG. If you or anyone you know is interested in finding out more about the CRG, please contact Paige Ricci on (03) 5421 9944 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, if you would like to nominate for the CRG please fill out a nomination form and sign the Terms of Reference and post it to: Office 5, Level 1, Nexus Centre, 12-14 Prince St, Gisborne, Vic, 3437 or email to email@example.com
Nominations close 5pm, Friday, September 30, 2016