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Marulan Solar Farm

Goulburn Mulwaree

Current Status: Response to Submissions

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  1. SEARs
  2. Prepare EIS
  3. Exhibition
  4. Collate Submissions
  5. Response to Submissions
  6. Assessment
  7. Recommendation
  8. Determination

Development of a 100MW solar farm with energy storage and associated infrastructure

Attachments & Resources

Notice of Exhibition (1)

Notice of Exhibition

Request for SEARs (1)

Scoping Report

SEARs (1)

Issued SEARs

EIS (18)

EIS Main Report
Appendix A - SEARS
Appendix C - Stakeholder Engagement Report
Appendix E - Aboriginal Heritage Assessment
Appendix F - Heritage Assessment
Appendix G - Land & Soil Capability Assessment
Appendix H - Hydraulic Assessment
Appendix I - Land Use Conflict Risk Assessment
Appendix J - Water Cycle Management Study
Appendix K - Biodiversity Assessment
Appendix L - Traffic Assessment
Appendix M - Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment - Part 1
Appendix M - Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment - Part 2
Appendix M - Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment - Part 3
Appendix N - Noise & Vibration Impact Assessment
Appendix O - Preliminary Hazard Analysis
Appendix P - Social Impact Assessment Worksheet
Appendix Q - Commonwealth Referral

Response to Submissions (1)

Request RTS Letter

Agency Advice (15)

Goulburn Mulwaree Council
Request for Additional Information
Council - Heritage Attachment
DPI Fisheries
Fire & Rescue NSW
Mining, Exploration & Geoscience
Water NSW
DPE Water
Crown Lands
Heritage NSW
Biodiversity and Conservation Division
TfNSW
TfNSW Attachment
DPI Agriculture
APA Group

Additional Information (1)

Request for Additional Information

Submissions

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Kristopher Brunton
Support
CARRICK , New South Wales
Message
This support is lodged on behalf of Andy Divall, of the same address who supports the development and construction of this project. Not only will this bring additional resources and jobs to the local economy, it will also create a greener future for the region which he believe is an important component to be considered when evaluating projects. Andy also believes it to be important that all neighbours who will be heavily impacted visually by the project have 'Neighbour Agreements' in place, as is the case with many renewable projects.
Denrith Pty Ltd
Support
CARRICK , New South Wales
Message
Denrith Pty Ltd, as a Company support the development and construction of this project. Not only will this bring additional resources and jobs to the local economy, it will also create a greener future for the region which we believe is an important component to be considered when evaluating projects. We do believe it be to be important that all neighbours who will be heavily impacted visually by the project have 'Neighbour Agreements' in place, as is the case with many renewable projects.
Name Withheld
Comment
,
Message
I am opposed to the access road being Munro Road. Letter attached. I wish my name to be withheld.
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Neighbours of Winfarthing Inc
Object
MARULAN , New South Wales
Message
I am primarily objecting to some of the details in the document, Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA), for the Marulan Solar Farm.
This document has 32 pages of typed information plus some 80 pages of charts and diagrams. These type of documents may be suitable for qualified people but being an unqualified local the documents appear to be designed to create confusion thus restricting our ability to make considered responses.
There is no provisions to construct an acceleration lane for left hand turn from Munro Road onto the eastbound direction of the Hume Motorway. As indicated in the following, this creates a dangerous situation for traffic exiting Munro Road as well as Motorway vehicles, which will lead to accidents with possible fatal consequences.
The TIA confusingly states various wait times for exiting vehicles but in conclusion (page 30) states wait times to increase from 38.9 seconds to 52.5 (average), but then states that traffic volumes will increase by 1,100% (page 18). As local residents, we are aware that average wait times do not truely reflect actual wait times and that it is impossible for wait times to not even double when the volume of traffic increases by 1,100%.
With 55 vehicle trips per hour in peak time (page 17) plus local traffic, driver impatience will obviously lead to the potential to enter onto the motorway without sufficient space to do so.
There appears to be no documentation regarding the traffic controller operations as to how long traffic exiting Munro Road will be held up until the B-double actually enters Munro Road. Not only will this delay increase the wait time, but a queue will form, waiting to exit Munro Road. Once able to exit, this queue will also add considerably to wait times. Heavy vehicles will take longer to exit than light vehicles. In peak times large queues will form with extensive wait times. This isn't fair on the locals.
Winfarthng road is 5km from Munro Road and in peak times we regularly have to wait 2-3 minutes, at times up to 5 minutes.
Also, compounding the situation, there is a private property entrance/ exit onto the Hume Motorway within 100m of Munro Road, with a crossover.
From Narambulla Ck on the Hume Motorway, 4km west of Munro Road, the motorway climbs eastbound for 3 km and levels out as it approaches Munro Road. As B-doubles slow down to enter Munro Road, heavy vehicles will be accelerating after cresting the climb. As heavy vehicles end up forming a "convoy" by the time they crest the hill and if a left turning B-double is in this "convoy" a conflict arises. Heavy vehicles continuing past Munro Road will undoubtedly have to accelerate into the fast lane, cutting off light vehicles, to overtake the turning B-doubles. this will also add to the dangerous situation around this intersection.
The TIA is unclear as to whether solar farm light vehicles travelling westbound, can make a right hand turn into Munro Road. if they are able to do so this can also increase the dangerous situation.
From the Carrick Quarry, 9km west of Munro Road, which has direct entry onto the motorway, the area is a designated and signposted road "Black Spot". Between the Carrick Quarry, eastbound, until Marulan South/Jerrara Road interchange, there are some 16 crossovers between the eastbound and westbound lanes of the motorway. All these crossovers add to the Weave Effect on traffic, particularly in light of the TIA.
The TIA states that the proposed Marulan Quarry (page 16), adjacent to Winfarthing Road, has been approved. This is false. Global Quarries Pty Ltd, proponents for the Marulan Quarry, haven't even submitted their Environmental Impact Statement to State Planning. They have indicated that they have completed all their studies and will be submitting their EIS, subject to Crown Lands. The Marulan Quarry plans to have 50 heavy vehicles per day, exiting onto the Hume Motorway using a right hand turn out towards Sydney. These heavy vehicles (42.5 tonnes) will be entering the right hand lane at Narambulla Creek and then immediately attempting to move into the left hand lane as they attempt to accelerate up the 3km climb towards Munro Road. Thus, if approved, another addition to the Weave Effect will be created.
Transport for NSW have indicated that they intend to repave the Marulan Bypass and the Carrick Quarry have an application in to transport the excavated concrete to their Quarry for crushing and then returning the crushed concrete for road base. They propose reducing the bypass to single lanes, each direction,on either the westbound or eastbound lanes, depending on what carriageway is being repaved. Vehicle speed will be restricted. Similarly, traffic will be funnelled into single lanes around the Carrick Quarry to allow entrance and exit of these heavy vehicles transporting the concrete. Carrick Quarry sits at the top of the Carrick Hill which is 2 km long climb, eastbound. The proposal is that 2 days a week the single lanes will be implemented along with 80kmh speed limit.
Therefore, over the next few years, the 14km length of motorway between the Carrick Quarry and Jerrara Rd interchange and then further on for the Marulan Bypass, there will be multiple entrances of heavy vehicles from both sides of the Mororway, as well as the some 150 properties that feed onto the Motorway. Marulan residents will be forced to make lengthy U turns as the bypass is repaved in one direction and then the other.
All of this will add to the frustration of all vehicle drivers and if there isn't an accident along this stretch of the motorway then the cumulative impact will be felt further along.
There appears as though there is no provision for the school bus.
Lastly, there has been no consultation with those locals who will be impacted, particularly from those of us living on Winfarthing Road. Our safety when regularly travelling on the Hume Motorway should not be compromised.
regards
Graeme Dally
President
Neighbours of Winfarthing Inc.
representing some 80 Residents
Name Withheld
Object
CARRICK , New South Wales
Message
I object to the commencement location of this project for the following key reasons ;
- Eyesore and visual impacts to the surrounding neighbours and properties.
- Devaluation of surrounding land and neighbour properties.
- Object and do no agree with their preferred proposed site access via Munro Rd
- Risk of disease spread to local livestock from removal and disturbance of soil land during construction.
John Linquist
Object
CARRICK , New South Wales
Message
I object to the proposal for the following reasons,
1. The visual impact that the solar panels and associated infrastructure will have on the area. Will sufficient screening be given to hide the farm from neighbouring properties and the roads.
2. The possibility that the emf generated by the solar farm will interfere with mobile phone communications, (already marginal in this ares).
3. The affect that the solar farm will on the area's wildlife.
Jeffrey Hardman
Comment
MARULAN , New South Wales
Message
Hello
As you have indicated there will be many truck movements while building the plant, especially along Munroe Road and the Hume Hwy in that vicinity, question is WHO will be responsible for the inevitable damage that will be done to the roads surfaces by the heavy movement of truckes etc. so WHO will be doing the repairs and keeping the surfaces free from potholes and other dangerous uneven damage?
Promises have been made in the past by big companies to look after the roads but it does not happen.
GOULBURN MULWAREE COUNCIL
Comment
GOULBURN , New South Wales
Message
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Project Details

Application Number
SSD-13137914
Assessment Type
State Significant Development
Development Type
Electricity Generation - Solar
Local Government Areas
Goulburn Mulwaree

Contact Planner

Name
Julia Green