Get revved up to find out about the REZ

Energy NSW is the government body managing Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) across the state, including the Central West-Orana REZ (that’s us!) They also have responsibility for the development of the new transmission infrastructure – ie the grid! (Transgrid have advised they are no longer carrying out work to locate the new transmission lines and substation/s, however they will retain responsibility for upgrades to their existing network, including Wollar substation.)

Energy NSW (EnergyCo) will be visiting our district next week. Come along and find out about the REZ and the revised transmission line. See the maps and ask the questions.

Have they avoided Hands on Rock and vegetation along Ulan Road? They want our feedback!

Drop in sessions are below – no need to RSVP. See you there!!

Venue Dates and times
Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club
73 Arthur Street
Wellington NSW 2820
Tuesday 8 March 2022

  • 10am to 12pm
  • 4pm to 6pm
Dunedoo Jubilee Memorial Hall
154 Bolaro Street
Dunedoo NSW 2844
Wednesday 9 March 2022

  • 10am to 12pm
  • 4pm to 6pm
Gulgong RSL Club
64 Herbert Street
Gulgong NSW 2852
Thursday 10 March 2022

  • 10am to 12pm
  • 4pm to 6pm


What has happened so far in the REZ?

These projects are all at various stages of development, from very early scoping to lodging Modifications on approved projects.

Projects within Mid-Western Regional Council listed in the DPE Planning Portal
Solar Wind
Beryl-solar-farm Beryl Road burrendong-wind-farm Burrendong Dam Road, Yarrabin
tallawang-solar-farm Puggoon Road liverpool-range-wind-farm Coolah – Cassilis Region East Of Coolah and Northwest Of Cassilis
bellambi-heights-solar 696 Castlereagh Highway and 79 Puggoon Road, Beryl valley-winds-wind-farm Coolah
stubbo-solar-farm Blue Springs Road, Stubbo barneys-reef-wind-farm Castlereagh Highway, 16 Km North Of Gulgong
wollar-solar-farm 96 Maree Road, Tichular


crudine-ridge-wind-farm Crudine Ridge Wind Farm, Central Tablelands, 45 Km South Of Mudgee and 45 Km North Of Bathurst, Sofala
birriwa-solar-farm Barneys Reef Rd, Birriwa  
There are other nearby projects outside MWRC such as at Wollar (Goulburn River Solar Farm), Cobbora, Burrendong, Wellington and Bathurst.


If you wish you can sign up with Dept Planning for updates on any Major Projects of interest (including Moolarben, Ulan and Wilpinjong coal mines.) Create an account to make your submissions easy and/or sign up for updates.      


Whoa! Is there a simple way to get that REZ info? YES!!

RE-Alliance is a community-based organisation that works to ‘secure an energy transformation that delivers long-term benefits and prosperity to regional Australia.’ They have developed a CWO REZ Project Tracker. Check it out.


RE-Alliance recently launched the CWO REZ Community Network The first project of the REZ Community Network will be to put together a plan that identifies what’s important for our region and what opportunities would create the most meaningful and long lasting social and environmental benefits.  Some of the local benefits the Network could advocate for are outlined in the RE-Alliance Community Benefits Handbook.

Attend a Community Plan Workshop Be part of the action – share your ideas! Two options available, on-line Monday 7th March 6.30, and in-person Wednesday 9th March 12.30 at Dunedoo. Flyer attached. (Maybe make a day-trip and attend the EnergyCo drop-in followed by the Community Plan Workshop, both at Dunedoo next Wednesday – that’s what I’m doing!…see you there?!)