We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country both throughout Australia as a whole and the New England Region of NSW specifically, and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture
We pay our respects to past present & emerging - and thank Mr Clive Scott for his guidance on the importance of the Project lands to the Ngarabal People
The work undertaken on this Project has highlighted the importance for all Australians to embrace and dedicate time to learning of the cultural importance of First Nations people to the Australian way of life.
Detailed Aboriginal Heritage & Cultural Heritage studies have been conducted on the Project site, including a 2 day "walk on country" with senior Traditional Owner representatives and consultation with various stakeholder groups.
Halo Renewable Energy, as the solar farm developer, is now considering various philanthropic initiatives that might be able to be leveraged in order to research and preserve the rich heritage of Traditional Owner people in the New England region in general, and the Ngarabal People in particular.
Community Newsletters in relation to the proposed Dumaresq Solar Farm can be downloaded below
As a part of Community Engagement we are running a series of simple notices across New England newspapers to ensure visibility of the project's proposal & progress.
These have been published in both the Inverell TImes and the Tenterfield Star in a mix of online and in print, with the majority being in the online format given the suspension of the print editions as a result of the COVID 19 Pandemic
Dumaresq Solar Farm will conduct a community engagement process commencing in October 2019 that both focuses on consultation with the community and importantly the encouragement of service providers and contractors to themselves engage with community and provide ongoing commercial opportunities
The Community Engagement Process will be in line with the Industry Best Practice Charter for Renewable Energy Developments as outlined by the Australian Clean Energy Council, and will include:
Our detailed Community Engagement Policy will be published shortly, and our thinking has been contributed to by achieving a number of things in October / November including :
This initial work has been important in the overall development of a sustainable Community Engagement Plan.
Dumaresq Solar Farm site in New South Wales, Australia
Halo Renewable Energy, as the project developer, has a defined and disciplined approach to community engagement & support. The attached document, which is also available at www.haloenergy.net provides an introduction