Goulburn Mulwaree Council may be trying to stop Jerrara Power's plans for Bungonia but the company behind the waste to energy proposal is pressing ahead.
The company this week called for expressions of interest in a community reference group (CRG) for its $600 million plant, pegged for 974 Jerrara Road.
Jerrara Power says it's designed to provide a forum for "ongoing communication and consultation" between itself and stakeholders during design and environmental assessment. Former Upper Lachlan Shire Council general manager John Bell will chair the committee.
The move comes as the council threatens court action if the state government proceeds with issuing environmental requirements (SEARS) for an EIS. Despite this, Jerrara Power managing director Chris Berkefeld said he expected these to be issued next week.
Expressions of interest are open for six community representatives.
The group will provide updates on progress, give feedback and guidance to the company on its engagement with stakeholders.
Membership is open to all Goulburn Mulwaree residents but proof of residency may be required.
A spokesperson said representatives should meet one of more of the following criteria:
- Involvement in the wider community and strong community networks and linkages;
- Good knowledge and understanding of the local issues which are relevant to the proposal
- Possess a willingness to contribute constructively to meetings in a fair and unbiased manner and;
- Look beyond personal interests for the benefit of the broader community.
"An overall assessment will be made of the best mix of community representatives to achieve the greatest diversity," the spokesperson said.
Invitations for additional CRG members will also be extended to Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Pejar Local Aboriginal Land Council, Bungonia Progress Association and Marulan Region Chamber of Commerce.
A draft Terms of Reference is available on Jerrara Power's website. This will be finalised in consultation with CRG members at the first meeting. It's anticipated the group will meet once a month at a day and time to be agreed.
Expressions of interest close at 9am on Monday, August 16, 2021.
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