The Golden Plains Wind Farm Management (GPWFM) Community Benefit Fund has been established to provide financial sponsorship support for a range of community-based initiatives, projects and events that benefit local communities. The objective of the Fund is provide financial support to not-for-profit community groups and organisations that are working to make a positive and lasting contribution to regional communities within and around the Golden Plains Wind Farm. GPWFM has a genuine interest in supporting the communities in which it operates.
During the planning and construction stages of the Golden Plains Wind Farm, the Community Benefit Fund will, twice a year, provide $10,000 for a range of community purposes and needs, including health and social welfare, safety, environmental, educational, youth projects, sport and recreation, culture, the arts and economic development. Twice a year, the fund is overseen by a Community Reference Group (CRG) – a group of volunteers that live in and around the wind farm site. The primary 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.The CRG will assess all applications to help determine how best to allocate funds and in-kind contributions to maximise benefits for communities within 10 kilometres of the wind farm.
Applications for the Second Round of the 2020 community funding are open from 1 September to 30 October with a total pool of $10,000 available.
Once the wind farm is operational, the Community Benefit Fund will increase the financial support for local not-for-profit groups and projects to $228,000 a year ($1,000 annually per constructed turbine).
The Community Fund Guidelines and 2020 Round 2 Application are here: Golden Plains Wind Farm- Community Benefit Fund Guidelines