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State Significant Development


New England Solar Farm

Uralla Shire

Current Status: Determination

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Development of a 720 MW solar farm with energy storage and associated infrastructure.

Consolidated Consent

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Request for SEARs (2)

SEARs (2)

EIS (17)

Response to Submissions (1)

Amendments (1)

Additional Information (3)

Recommendation (2)

Determination (3)

Approved Documents

Management Plans and Strategies (28)

Reports (1)

Notifications (7)

Other Documents (16)

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Showing 1 - 20 of 117 submissions
Brian Edwards
Uralla , New South Wales
I welcome the proposed New England Solar Farm, the Southern tranche of
which will adjoin and be in sight of my home, and I believe it will be
of considerable financial and employment benefit to Uralla town and
My family have been Uralla District residents for five generations. My
great grandfather was the first Mayor of Uralla, my father Mayor in
1925. As a Uralla resident I am in favour of any developments which
will be of advantage to the town.
I believe global warming and climate change to be an increasing danger
to human civilization. By providing a substantial clean energy source
this Solar Farm will contribute to our critical need to replace coal
produced energy and must be supported.
Name Withheld
Uralla , New South Wales
Friends asked us why we were moving to the New England region and we told
them because it was such a beautifully ruggard, pristine agricultural
area and we were proud to live here and appreciate our surrounds, the
hard work of our farmers, beautiful merino sheep.
Now this beautiful prime agricultural land is going to be desecrated
with thousands of solar panels, why on prime agricultural land would
you allow this?
Bobbi Rosenquist
Uralla , New South Wales
I strongly object to the beautiful New England (and more specify Uralla
and Salisbury Plains) landscape being marred by solar panels. While I
am all in favor of renewable energy, I cannot fathom anyone would
choose such a beautiful spot to install solar panels. I am an American
who has traveled the world and the beauty of the incredible New
England landscape is one of the things that draws me to the area. I
have spent many hours on the northern hills overlooking Salisbury
Plains and the vistas are magnificent. In my opinion, installing solar
panels in this area is very short sided, I would think this beautiful
agricultural landscape should be preserved at all costs.

In addition, visible to the naked eye is the fact that the southern
array proposal for solar panels on Salisbury Plains includes
installing solar panels on what is obviously a flood plain! I have
been told by local residents that the last big flood in the area was
2010 or 2011. While it is true the area is currently suffering through
a drought, one only has to look north to Queensland to see how quickly
things can change!

The Salisbury Plains area is rich, fertile farmland. Surely a more
appropriate place can be found for solar panels! Danger Lagoon is
adjacent to Salisbury Plains, has a study been done on the effect the
proposed solar installation will have on local and migratory birds?

It is my understanding that solar panels need to be cleaned. How can
we be reassured that sometime in the future should the developer
decide it is cost prohibitive to bring water from outside sources,
that they won't use Uralla's water (Uralla is currently under water
restrictions, this would place an additional burden on the area's
water resources).

I have spoken to several local Uralla residents who are extremely
worried about declining property value as people seeking a country
lifestyle will not move to an area with an industrial landscape that
the installation of solar panels would create.

These are just some of my concerns about the proposed solar panel
plans and if that isn't enough, I am aware that Mirus Wind is already
active in the area to install solar panels and also wind turbines in
nearby areas. I cannot comprehend why with all the non productive land
in Australia, why this area is being targeted for the site of
renewable energy projects.
Name Withheld
URALLA , New South Wales
I wish to lodge my serious concerns about this project. There were 4
community meetings of which I attended the 3rd and 4th, due to not
being aware of the first 2 meetings. I live on the main thoroughfare
to the northern sector where it is proposed to commence the
development and create housing for the proposed project development
workforce. At present this road leads to a virtual dead end, servicing
approx. 6 properties, and as a result is not a busy thoroughfare. My
residence is located within approx 300 metres to the southern side of
this road and the increased traffic volumes and related noise for an
approximate 1 1/2 - 2 year development period, is just one of my
concerns. Additionally, there are obvious security concerns given the
vast increase in "people" traffic. Furthermore, our property is
located some approx 200 metres to the northern side of Munsies Road
(currently unsealed) which is the main proposed thoroughfare to a
substation. It is dusty enough now, however the increased traffic will
only add significantly to this problem, especially given the current
dry conditions. In discussions with Killian Wentrup of UPC, I did
enquire as to what effect the solar farm would have on local wildlife,
in particular, local bird life, of which there is quite an abundance.
Amongst others there is a local population of the now protected wedge
tail eagle. Various breeds of parrots, wrens, willy wag tails,
magpies, white and black cockatoos etc. frequent the general area. I
have lived on this property for some 23+ years and have observed a
population of the wedge tail eagle in the near vicinity for a great
part of that time. To what degree will the proposed solar farm have on
these birds widespread hunting grounds? Has there been any study by
UPC in relation to this proposal to see if solar farms affect the
local bird life? I am very concerned that local Council informs me
that the ultimate decision is out of their hands and rests totally
with the State Govt. Under the current LEP, I would think that the
majority of the land under UPC's proposal is rated as amongst the best
agricultural (farming / grazing) land in the shire. As such, there are
restrictions as to what developments can be undertaken on lands zoned,
prime agricultural. I implore you to give this proposal your most
serious deliberation.
Richard Croft
URALLA , New South Wales
The basic assumption for most of these projects is that they will supply
cheap, environmentally sustainable electricity.
This project does not meet that criteria because there is a
significant extra cost to the Community.
Firstly this project is being supplied easy access to the Translink
grid which is needed for distribution from sites elsewhere which can
be built on poor quality land as well as rooftops across the country
and urban centres.
Secondly the "developers" proposing it are not the builders; they are
speculators who will sell the access rights to actual builders.
Thirdly the actual builders will then sell the project to investors
who will subsequently need to recover their finance costs by
maintaining higher charges for many years. This has happened at Moree
where that project has been sold to Saudi Arabian interests; there is
no environmental benefit or social benefit to Moree or Australia. The
profit there was in grabbing the subsidies.
Fourth the original proponents UPC will make their profit from the
substantial government subsidies which they will claim; this is their
business plan. they have no intention and no capability to build the
project, they are speculators with insignificant financial backing
looking for short term gain.
Fifth, the "community benefits" as proposed are a tiny fraction of the
gross income these speculators and the builders will extract from,
first, the subsidies and second the income over the years of
Last but not least the value of productive land over many many years
far outweighs the reasons for using less valuable land further west in
the State or neighbouring States. This is born out by the substantial
increase in land values over the last few decades brought about by the
demand for highly productive land. Wool, sheep, lamb and cattle prices
are at all time highs and that does not take into account the ability
of this area to produce crops of many different types which the
current landowners are not growing yet.
While solar has many advantages the hasty rush to hook up to the grid
wherever it goes does not justify this location and the so called
community benefits are a bribe to gain support from the Council and
the urban community.
Name Withheld
Bellbird Park , Queensland
I object to the Uralla Shire large scale solar farm as it will be located
within a region of ideal farmland. Currently there are successful
farms within and surrounding the proposed solar development. These
will lose business and property values if the development was to
proceed. Viable farmland will be covered with solar structures for the
next few decades, and there is a real potential for grass fire and/or
flooding from nearby creeks. The Uralla Shire council should support
these small local businesses rather than one large overseas-owned
business which will offer only a handful of jobs ongoing. I have
nothing against renewable energies but destroying agricultural land
(which has been used to educated Armidale agricultural university
students) is not the correct option when there is hectares of unviable
land further outside of this prime farmland, with no impact upon
residents of Uralla and farming districts.
John Buckingham
URALLA , New South Wales
My main concerns are the size and location of this project
It will be making prime farming land useless for at least 20 years.
It is going to be visual pollution when driving along one of the most
beautiful drives in our area.
It is going to possible cause the shut down of at least one business
operating on a adjoining property and potentially cause the lose of
land value to many adjoining properties.
The properties on the north end of this proposed development are know
to have a Koala colony , what happens with them?
I would prefer for it to be built somewhere else , on unusable barren
land and not where it is going to be seen when driving on a promoted
tourist country drive, if not somewhere else, at least the size
especially on the southern end should be reduced considerably,
Romana Roschinsky
Armidale , New South Wales
I am a researcher and lecturer at the University of New England but I
submit this concern as a private person.
It has been brought to my attention that the implementation of this
project (New England Solar Farm) will have an extremely negative
impact on Sunhill Dairy Goat in Salisbury Plains. The owners say in
case this project is implemented in its current form they will have to
cease their operation in Salisbury Plains and move on to a different

Sunhill Dairy goats have been a very important location for site
visits I have conducted with international training groups and UNE
Animal Production students over the last couple of years.
It would be a great loss for the training and teaching activities I am
involved in to lose this family-run, successful agribusiness which has
always been very engaged in sharing experiences with UNE Animal
Production students and trainees. Enterprises like Sunhill Dairy goats
are essential for providing students and trainees with experiences
rooted in agricultural practice. A loss of their operations will be
the loss of future students and trainees.
In my opinion a project that cares about sustainability should also be
greatly concerned about its impact on already sustainable operating
businesses in the area and not pose a risk to their future.
Name Withheld
Los Angeles ,
I writing in opposition to this project particularly the Salisbury Plains
The impact on the existing community seems too far out way the benefit
that is created for a few landholders. The need to re-purpose prime
agricultural land into a silicon covered energy farm is a drastic
shift that will impact neighbouring businesses and homes, property
values, and tourist trade to name a few.
As a regular visitor to the region I enjoy the sweeping plains, the
boutique farms, the migratory birdlife. I can't imagine visiting to
see it covered in an industrialized energy farm. Leaving me to believe
that more people like myself will no longer want to visit the region
at all.
Surely there are far more sparsely settled regions that would feel
little impact compared to the historic and beautiful region in which
this plan has been proposed.
Again I strongly disagree with this poorly planned land grab for
energy dollars that will not benefit the local community at all.
Name Withheld
Palm Springs ca Usa ,
I have visited Salisbury Plains and Sunhill often and it is entirely
unreasonable to locate such a large scale project so close to a
residence and a tourism business. It does not seem to benefit the
community or tourism or the local wildlife.
Christine Ullrich
Blue Haven , New South Wales
Size of each Panel and length of Project, changes the areas landscape too
much. Ground area and immediate surrounds must be affected in the
negative? (eg heat, reflection on drivers; bird flights; grass/crop
growths). Disposal of replacement Panels is a concern of how; where
and the effect this has on landfill in the future. Has disposal been
explained fully to the residence along the path way of this Project??
Nancy Pennica
Denver ,
To Whom it May Concern,
I am writing in objection to the proposed New England Solar Farm and
specifically the southern array, Salisbury Plains.
I have had the pleasure of vacationing to the Armadale and Uralla area
at least a dozen times over the past 20 years and have enjoyed all the
area has offered from the gorgeous Dangars Falls to the wonderful
Petersons Guesthouse and winery.
I love the pristine, peaceful and beautiful drives on Thunderbolts Way
and Buckets Way. The entire area from the Mount Yarrowyck Nature
Reserve to the wonderful farm homes selling homemade goods in the
surrounding area, such as Sunhill Skin Essentials, is simply put, a
special place on this earth. I can't imagine driving through a
wasteland of solar panels to ever visit again if this project
I completely object, most specifically to the Salisbury Plains area. A
grotesque project such as this massive solar farm is currently
planned, so close to the heart of existing businesses, and families
who have built their entire life around this area, is a shameful and
heartless project. It would forever change the area's character. The
draw for tourists will diminish as will any ability to have a
reasonable livelihood in the area.
I completely object, most specifically to the Salisbury Plains area,
because this project is in the wrong location. It needs to be where
there is no one it could harm. The majority of the Australian land
mass is open space and unpopulated. Why in heaven's name would any
conscientious, decent business select a populated area? It shows a
total disregard to tourists who love it, as is, and the businesses and
people it will forever ruin and displace. I am disgusted with such a
project and am looking forward to seeing it being completely stopped
or significantly changed to not be a visual landscape pollution.
The Salisbury Plains is a most picturesque landscape with wide open
views and fertile lands. It is a gateway to the surrounds and
encourages tourist to stay a while. I am disappointed that boutique
industries such as Sunhill are being place in a position of closure
due to this development. It seems irresponsible to impact on
businesses and residence for the greater good of renewable energy.
Tourism is a key feature for the future of the New England and solar
farms will alter the landscape potentially forever. This seems
completely unreasonable. We have seen the adverse impact of solar
farms in the United States and those that prosper while others are
left with the cleanup. Prime agricultural land such as Salisbury
Plains should not be the target for these developments and used for
future food, tourism and economic growth in a far more sustainable
ecological way.
Rayne Single
saumarez ponds , New South Wales
To whom it may concern,
I am writing to oppose the development of the Uralla and Walcha solar
farm projects that are currently waiting to go forward.
As the current representative for the Shooter,Fishers and Farmers
party in the Northern Tablelands, as well as currently being an
Electrical fitter that looks after the HV network in the Northern
tablelands in which this solar farm will connect directly into the
network I am responsible for.
My concerns are outlined as follows
* The further development of large scale solar does not meet the load
requirements of the current electricity market.
* The short sighted gain for long term detriment in this region.
* Destruction of valuable agricultural land - Objection to this area
of high rainfall, prime agricultural land being covered in silicon for
30 years. Australia has unlimited suitable land for these solar
projects to the West of the New England.
* Visual pollution of our beautiful landscape - our tourism heritage
Buckets way and Thunderbolts Way are popular tourist routes.
* Potential Depreciation of neighbouring and town real estate values,
Loss of revenue for cottage industries
* Incompatibility of solar production to existing agricultural
practice - OH&S farmers and workers grazing sheep under the panels.
Animal health and Safety
* Potential Impact on migratory birds attracted to Dangars Lagoon -
breeding Wedge Tail Eagles
* Increased erosion on delicate soil - destruction of BSAL, prime land
* Destruction of and potential pollution of the Macleay River
headwaters --Part of this project is on a flood plain. - Potential to
breach Macleay Water Sharing Plan.
* Social impact effect on those who have moved their families here for
a better lifestyle.
* Inequitable community compensation - paltry community benefit fund.
* Inequitable compensation - participating landholders are compensated
generously -whilst neighbours real estate is being devalued both
economically and visually.
* No guarantee at end of project or when obsolete or uneconomic due to
improved technology, or in case of insolvency, that the hardware will
be removed.
* Will forever change the character of Uralla.
* Cumulative Impact - Uralla is unfairly bearing the development brunt
of the wind back of fossil fuel generation in the Hunter Valley.

Thankyou for your time regarding my concerns about the current
proposals for the Uralla and Walcha regions.
Rayne Single
Shooters,Fishers and Farmers
Northern Tablelands candidate and Spokesman.
[email protected]
Jenna Lusaka
Winmalee , New South Wales
As a former resident of the region and with with still strong ties to
region, I am concernewd about the lack of consultation and reserach
into the long term impacts on the areas and land oweners there. The
project appears to profit already big landholders, yet smaller ones
ahev been sognlined and not involved.
I would like to see more consultation and feesiblity studies on long
term impact, actual profit for the community and disruption to the
tourist and ways of life of local residents.
Name Withheld
Kellys Plains , New South Wales
The solar farm is to cover a large land mass. It also appears to be too
close to homes of at least several residents.

Renewable energy (or any less polluting generation source) should
ideally be benign on the local environment, or at the very least of
minimal impact. The proposed solar farm will cover perhaps 20% of the
local land. Solar energy which was once reflected by vegetation or
turned into food will now be absorbed by solar panels and turned into
thermal energy. It is concerning what effect this might have on the
local microclimate, including warmer air currents, more severe storm
cells etc. I would suggest that an environmentally benign approach
would be to have no more than 5% of the solar farm covered by solar

I am also concerned by the lack of consideration by the developer to
the impact this project will be having on local residents. At the
least two will have a significant part of their view turned from a
relaxed rural setting to a shiny black field. The impact on these
properties will be major. The value of these properties will dwindle:
these residents will pay a price that no one else is prepared to play.
I suggest that any more than 500m proximity to neighbouring homes and
no more than 20% of their view affected would be a fairer trade-off.

Unless the prosed project is radically reviewed, I object to its
Peter Rasmussen
Uralla , New South Wales
Our property is surrounded by the proposed development and will suffer 1)
substantial loss of visual amenity, 2) negative impact on
environmental quality and 3) degradation of infrastructure.

1) Visual amenity: our property extends to only 249 acres and so
therefore development area is close to residential location on the
property. On both eastern and western boundaries the development area
as currently proposed will abut our property and will significantly
negatively impact visual amenity in areas regularly used.

2) Environmental impact: In the course of civil, construction and
commissioning works, it is to be fully expected that there will be a
substantial increase in heavy traffic of both construction and haulage
vehicles. At our eastern boundary on Thunderbolts Way the main
thoroughfare to the development area can only be Salisbury Plains Road
which is unsealed. This traffic will cause substantial airborne
particulate pollution. As the prevailing secondary wind direction is
from the east, this particulate will directly impact residential
location. In addition this particulate will coat all pasture and tree
growth significantly impacting wildlife, especially bird, habitat.

3. Degradation of infrastructure. For 5 year, as ratepayers of Uralla
Shire we have had a standing order on the Shire Engineer's department
to help maintain and remediate the access road to our property with
not only no action but not even any acknowledgement of this need. This
has caused substantial expense to our property to undertake such works
at our own cost even though .such civil works have been undertaken in
other parts of the same Ward. We can anticipate that a similar relaxed
approach may be taken to the maintenance of the main road
infrastructure - Thunderbolts Way. It is not likely that this roadway
had been engineered to the requirements of such a construction project
- volume and mass of traffic.

Separately, recent action to clear roadside vegetation - for unknown,
un-communicated reasons - has been undertaken in seemingly haphazard
and ill considered fashion with the effect of reducing native
vegetation while also leaving exotic vegetation - presumably the
target of the works.

Accordingly, in light of our concerns, we request consideration of the
following mitigation measures:

1) Investment in regenerative vegetation: On both our western and
eastern boundaries, we advise/request investment in substantial
re-vegetation to include tree lots.

On the eastern boundary we propose substantial investment in a tree
lot to lightly re-vegetate the eastern roadside paddocks across some
25 acres.

IN addition we request/recommend investment in fencing and weed
control to create creek line riparian zone providing habitat
regeneration on western and northern boundaries.

2) Investment in road sealing/maintenance. To prevent particulate
transfer, we advise/request investment in sealing Salisbury Plains
Road. In addition, the creation of tree lots on the eastern boundary
(as requested in 1 above) would further mitigate particulate pollution
across the property and enhance habitat generation.

3) Investment in road infrastructure. To prevent degradation of road
infrastructure, we advise/request consideration of investment in
ongoing road upkeep including roadside vegetation regeneration.

Again the eastern boundary tree lot proposal above would further
mitigate the effects of increased traffic volume and maintain/extend
bird habitats
stewart laurie
Pymble , New South Wales
The sheer size and extreme visual impact a project of this magnitude will
have on a picturesque rural setting will have a negative legacy far
outweighing the supposed positives.
The short term devastation of the construction phase followed by the
long term deterioration of the facility as maintenance is effected by
efficiencies will be a blight on the landscape- no amount of
greenscaping will mask this folly of conscience.
Having visited Sunhill Dairy, it beggars belief that a long-term
successful tourist attraction with both national and international
reach will be so very affected by this proposal. Surely long term
sustainable local business is favorably to the crash and burn of the
FIFO workforce that will bring a transient blip to the local economy.
I strongly oppose this development.
Lynne Annetts
Forster , New South Wales


I wish to make an objection to the above Development
Application/Environmental Impact Study by UPC for a proposed Solar

My daughter's family owns Sunhill Dairy Goat Farm which is a dairy
farm/tourism business situated in the proposed area for this solar
farm. They purchased the property 15 years ago and I have watched them
work tirelessly, 24 hours a day improving paddocks, fencing, building
a dairy & establishing a well known tourism business in the district,
supporting themselves and their family of 3 young children by sheer
hard work & determination. They have turned a run down property into a
thriving agricultural property & on-farm business. Their
home/farm/tourism business will all be severely & detrimentally
affected by this solar farm project. This is their only family income!
Their home is on 12 acres and will be surrounded on 3 sides if this
solar farm proceeds, changing the whole environment of the Salisbury
Plains district from prime agricultural, cattle & sheep grazing
country to large scale industrial solar farms in all directions. The
future quality of life will be devastating for the family.

According to this EIS Application this proposal has been discussed
with both State & Local government bodies since June 2017, despite
denials of any knowledge from Council of the project as recently as
the end of 2018. Also UPC the multinational solar company behind this
project had signed up local landholders to 30 year confidential leases
at undisclosed remunerations, in 2017. Why the secrecy?
My daughter was contacted in April 2018 by UPC claiming all other
landholders in the area had signed up and they were only being advised
of the project as their property was on 12 acres and there was no need
to compensate them for this project surrounding their property.
Discussions then commenced regarding the visual, environmental, health
and financial losses which would occur to their property & business
values. The request for the solar farm to be moved further back from
their farm resulted in one side being removed which is on a flood
plain and which I've seen under water many times over the years and
thus is not viable for UPC purposes.

Compensation should be made to all properties negatively affected by
this project for income loss and property value losses.
No financial compensation for any of these detrimental impacts has
been made or received by my daughter at Sunhill Farm - despite the
proposed 3 years of construction works impacting them directly, but
which won't impact the large landholders whose homes will be isolated
from the solar farm areas on their holdings. No recognition by UPC of
the impact this project will have on the family's quality of life and
loss of business income has been made. In fact, they have been
isolated from their local community for their objections to the solar
farm by UPC and subjected to enormous stress over the last 12 months.
UPC have ceased negotiations and refused to have any future
Would you like your family home to be surrounded by a huge solar farm?

So after 9 months of on/off discussion with Sunhill Dairy Farm and
discussions with landholders for much longer and State & Local
Government bodies, the EIS is on display now for only 30 days! It is a
large and hugely complicated document. No printed copies have been
made available to Sunhill Dairy Farm, my daughter's family business
which is directly named in the EIS or other concerned parties, it is
only available online.
This is the only opportunity for information to be available for the
public which is only for 30 days after years of secret negotiations by

HEALTH impact concerns

- 3 year onsite construction period (6am-6pm 7 days a week).
- Air Quality/Dust levels during earthworks
- Noise levels during construction.
Will there be monitoring of air quality & noise levels? If so - how
and what levels are deemed to be safe. What is the criteria for these
- Will it be safe for growing children and school children travelling
on the local school bus?
- Is a dirt road appropriate for heavy vehicles? And local traffic?
Salisbury Plains road and The Gap road are the only access roads
available to the site.
Will screening be made along these roads to mitigate the dust and
noise levels - not just an open wire 6 foot fence to protect the solar
This area is open plains with high winds, how will this issue be
addressed re dust?
With the installation of the solar panels and electricity substations
how will the high voltages impact the health of people and animals for
now and the long term?
What protections/guarantees can be made for long term good health?

There are currently no government regulations regarding solar farm
developments affecting neighboring properties. No consultation
regarding layout impact, landscape impact, timing of project or
delays, visual/ shadow impacts, etc. No guidelines for neighboring
property agreements such as: impact risks, annual compensation
payments at the beginning, middle & end of project, legal fees
compensation, visual screening of project, electricity impacts,
property purchase guidelines including termination without penalty -
is the solar company accredited and licensed to legally undertake the
Refer Neighbor Consultation Agreements & Recommendations for Wind
Farms - which states, Neighbour Agreements are essential and must be
fairly negotiated. They must have access to and obtain fair and
reasonable legal and financial advice before entering into an

Real estate property values will be detrimentally affected by turning
a prime agricultural cattle and sheep grazing area into an industrial
solar farm area for 30years!
Land values will fall. Would you buy a property surrounded by a sea of
solar panels?

This whole area is going to change completely from a quiet farming
district with wide open views of the valley, wildlife, birds, clean
waterways, and fertile soils to an industrial site. Can we guarantee
there'll be no detrimental impacts to our beautiful natural region?
Why here when there are so many other areas available which would
create no harm to our local farming area?

Why can't the solar farm be set back further from the Thunderbolts Way
which is the main highway entering Uralla? A 2km setback distance
would maintain a rural landscape instead of an industrial development,
with a minimum of 50 metres setback from local roads. And why can't
there be a minimum requirement be set for setback from neighboring

This project is scheduled to take 36 months to complete the entire
solar farm array! (Delays always happen)

I respectfully request your consideration of the objections I have
raised and request you to delay any final resolution of this matter
until all Objections have been reviewed and investigated. I await your
prompt confirmation of this letter and replies to the Objections
raised to this proposed solar farm.

Yours sincerely
Lynne Annetts
Name Withheld
Chisholm , New South Wales
I was born and spent the majority of my life in Uralla and am very proud
to be from the New England. My family and I regularly return to Uralla
and are always thrilled to see the change and growth the town has
experienced in the last few years. I'm supportive of any initiative
that helps Uralla's economy grow and creates jobs for the community.
Many of my family and friends still live in Uralla and the New England
so I'm excited by the opportunities the New England Solar Farm may
present for them. I'm also encouraged by the commitment UPC has made
to the local Uralla community through sporting and charitable
organisations. I look forward to seeing this project progress.
Helen King
SOUTH WEST ROCKS , New South Wales
The prospect of a solar farm in the Uralla/New England area is a
fantastic initiative. The boost that is will bring to the area would
be substantial.
I can see that the impact would be fast and include the following:
* Economic boost for Uralla
* Economic boost for the New England Region
* Jobs for locals
* New people to the area which would result in greater spending in the
* Rental boost for housing
* Boost in the productivity of the land
* Boost to farmers who are farming in difficult conditions due to the
weather and market prices.
* Boost to the communities financially through grants and donations
from solar company.
* Diversity of farming- solar and sheep production on the same land.
* Sustainable environmental option for power
* Environmentally friendly option compared to coal.
* Environmentally solar is a more sustainable option for the future of
our country.
* Supports the governments sustainable energy targets.
* New technology for the future.
* The prospect of keeping local people in the community as there will
be greater employment opportunities both with employment in the solar
project and greater employment with businesses who are benefiting from
the project.

As a person who was raised in the Uralla area, on a farm I see the
prospect of moving home with my family as a real possibility. My
husband does not work in the farming industry.
At this point in time the prospect of moving back to the area is not
financially viable for us as there is limited work opportunities for
him. With the solar farm there will be greater opportunities for him
to gain employment in the project or with the local businesses who
will be boosted by the project.

As a person who has grown up in the area on a working property I have
seen the struggles that my family has gone through financially due to
drought and bad market prices. I support those farmers who are seeking
solar farms on their property, this will help these farmers continue
to build their farming practices with the financial security that the
solar farm provides.


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State Significant Development
Local Government Areas
Uralla Shire
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