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Correction: Boggabilla Solar Farm

In today’s newspaper and its online platform, the Moree Champion ran a story “Boggabilla Solar Farm a go”. The story stated that ”Moree Plains Shire Council has approved a $6million solar farm near Boggabilla, but it will need approval from the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel before it goes ahead”.

At Council’s meeting of last week, Council considered Report 9: Erection of a 3.6MW Solar Farm and Three Lot Subdivision – Bruxner Road Boggabilla NSW 2409 – Lot 103 DP755980.

This report was for information purposes and for the elected Council to consider whether it would delegate authority to the General Manager to make a submission to the Joint Regional Planning Panel (regional panel) on behalf of the elected Council. Following consideration of this report, it was resolved:

16/08/39 Resolved (von Drehnen/Munn):

That Council:

a. Receive the report on the Development Application for the erection of a 3.6MW solar farm and subdivision at Bruxner Road, Boggabilla, for information.

b. Delegate authority to the General Manager to prepare a submission in relation to the Development Application for the erection of a 3.6MW solar farm and subdivision at Bruxner Road, Boggabilla, to the Joint Regional Planning Panel on behalf of the elected Council of the Moree Plains Shire.

Notwithstanding the Moree Champion’s story, Moree Plains Shire Council has not approved this development in any way and wishes to take the opportunity to so clarify this.

Private infrastructure, such as solar farms, with a capital investment value of more than $5 million are considered regional development under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Determination of these development applications is by the regional panel.

Council staff undertake the assessment of these development applications independently of the elected Council. The elected Council has no role in approving, authorising or endorsing the assessment of the development undertaken by Council staff.

The Moree Plains Shire Council has requested the Moree Champion to remove the current article from its electronic platforms to avoid any confusion and print a public retraction in Thursday’s paper.

 

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