Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Armidale Mayor fuming over hydro project EIS timeframe

Armidale Regional Council Mayor, Sam Coupland, has expressed concern over what he says is the short timeframe provided for Council and the public to make submissions on the NSW Government’s proposed Oven Mountain Pumped Hydro Energy Storage project (Oven Mountain PHES).

The Oven Mountain PHES Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is on exhibition from Tuesday 19 September until Monday 16 October 2023.

Mayor Coupland (pictured) has questioned whether the developer or NSW Government were “genuinely interested” in hearing from the Council or the community.

“The EIS and associated documents total over 5,000 pages, allowing the Council and the community a paltry 28 days to read and digest this amount of information really seems like a token effort,” said the Mayor.

Oven Mountain PHES comprises a new 900 megawatt underground pumped hydro-electric power station, upper dam and reservoir, lower dam and reservoir, main access tunnels, water intake structures, spillway, Macleay River pump facility, grid connection and ancillary infrastructure.

To view The Oven Mountain PHES Environmental Impact Statement visit the NSW Planning Portal.

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