Members of the AP&H Society showed “overwhelming support” for a proposal from Biala Wind Farm to access showgrounds land that would span the lifetime of the wind farm.
The proposal, which was leaked to the Crookwell Gazette, showed that wind farm developers BJCE were seeking to have access to the showgrounds’ entry and exit point on Grange Road, beginning in May 2019. The construction phase would be completed by November.
The proposal showed BJCE had requested an agreement with the showground for 25 years, with the option to extend after this period.
It is believed the society would gain: an immediate payment of $25,000; an additional $850 per week any time it was used; an additional $5000 with CPI every year for 25 years; and payment for legal advice.
“We are very happy with the financial support, although we cannot comment. We have to respect the procedure of the AP&H Society,” said AP&H president Paul Anderson, adding “No events at the showground would be affected.”
A BJCE spokesperson could not confirm the final compensation, and said it was a commercial-in-confidence agreement between two parties and no agreement had been signed.
Terms stated that BJCE would enter into an easement for the land, which would mean that BJCE would be registered on the title until the wind farm ceased operation. The wind farm required access to transport infrastructure, and that both Gullen Range Wind Farm and Biala would have access to the land if there was an “unscheduled component failure”.
It is believed that BJCE has requested an agreement with the Crookwell Golf Club.