The NSW Government’s draft Planning Guidelines for Wind Farms  are on public exhibition until March 14.


Primary Industries Minister, Katrina Hodgkinson, said the draft Guidelines strike a balance between providing opportunities for investment in wind farms and protecting local communities from potential impacts of new developments.


These draft guidelines ensure all decisions on wind farm developments take into account the views of locals. These draft guidelines introduce tough new measures for new wind farms including:


  • A rigourous gateway assessment process for wind farm applications with turbines proposed within 2km of existing residences
  • The most stringent noise controls for wind farms in Australia and
  • Extensive community consultation with local communities.



The draft guidelines can be accessed at: until March 14.