Friends of Grasslands
supporting native grassy ecosystems
PO Box 440
Macquarie ACT 2614
Environment Assessment Branch
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Jeremiah Wind Farm, Adjungbilly, New South Wales
Referral no: 2021/8978
Friends of Grasslands (FOG) is a community group dedicated to the conservation of natural temperate grassy ecosystems in south-eastern Australia. FOG advocates, educates and advises on matters to do with the conservation of grassy ecosystems, and carries out surveys and other on-ground work. FOG is based in Canberra and has many members in surrounding New South Wales. Its members include professional scientists, landowners, land managers and interested members of the public.
In looking at this referral, FOG notes that the potential impact on the Yass daisy is significant as the Proposed Development Area contains 134.21 ha of Yass Daisy habitat. Because of the lack of detail in the referral documents about actual impacts and possible avoidance and mitigation measures (“the biodiversity constraints are being mapped as part of the BDAR to inform project design avoidance of biodiversity values (including MNES) where possible”), we are only able to reiterate the concern we have raised in other referrals – that all impacts to threatened species such as the Yass daisy need to be avoided. While recognising that wind farms are an important part of Australia’s renewable energy activities and help to reduce climate change, this benefit should not be at the expense of our biodiversity.
We note that, according to the referral, offsets for impacts to MNES will be achieved through the purchase of credits consistent with the BAM. FOG is not convinced that offsets will result in no net loss of the daisy in the long term. Given that the Lake Burrinjuck area is one of the few strongholds of the vulnerable Yass daisy, all impacts to this species should be avoided if at all possible. Consideration also needs to be given to the impacts of any fragmentation of the remaining Yass daisy populations due to construction of the wind farm.
2 August 2021