A school’s project to encourage healthy eating and enjoyment of the area’s abundant local produce will be among the first to benefit from the Mount Emerald Wind Farm Community Fund. Walkamin State School’s Kitchen and Garden Program was one of nine projects chosen for the fund’s first grants, after an advisory committee made up of…Details
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The launch of the Mount Emerald Wind Farm Community Fund has sparked strong interest from local groups, with more than 40 applications received from Far North Queensland organisations. Ratch-Australia, the owner and operator of the wind farm, will donate $200,000 to support local causes every year of the turbines’ working lives. Now that applications have…Details
ADVISORY COMMITTEE – CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Mt Emerald Wind Farm is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the 3 community positions for the voluntary role of Advisor to the Mt Emerald Wind Farm Trustee of the Community Benefit Fund.
Mount Emerald Wind Farm seeking locals to manage $200,000 community fund. As the 180MW Mount Emerald Wind Farm near Walkamin nears completion, project developer Ratch Australia Corporation is following through on its commitment to a $200,000 per year Community Benefit Fund to sponsor projects or initiatives that improve the quality of life for local communities.…Details
- Bulk earthworks at Powerlink substation bench now complete. Placement of final capping layer remains. Crushing of cap delayed due to Quoll in rack stockpile.
- Site Access Road. Road up the hill is now open to be used for access.
RATCH Australia Corporation has set up a Community Consultation Committee for Mt Emerald Wind Farm to promote local feedback and ensure the project’s long term success. RATCH formed the 10-member committee in September after receiving 20 applications. It comprises local Independent Chair, Professor Steve Turton and Project Secretariat and eight community representatives. Cairns based RATCH…Details
Local procurement has commenced, with: • Koppens and Mareeba Crane Hire constructing the concrete culvert to protect the irrigation channel during December 2016. • A new vehicle purchased from Mareeba Toyota, January 2017 • Contracting of the MBarBarrum Aboriginal Corporation to undertake Cultural Heritage surveys and assist with environmental surveys during the entire construction period.…
Project and Compliance Updates
Early works commenced February 14th on the transport depot laydown area at the base of the site. All pre-start UXO, Cultural Heritage and Environmental surveys have been conducted to verify the site is ‘ready to go’. Flagging of works area has occurred to limit the extent of clearing, in preparation for pad establishment. Letters of…