KEPCO is strongly committed to being a good neighbour and acting in a socially responsible manner in the communities in which it operates. KEPCO is dedicated to communicating transparently with the community and its stakeholders. KEPCO values stakeholder and community input and an extensive program of engagement is being undertaken to facilitate feedback to the project.

    Regular newsletters and fact sheets providing project updates will continue to be provided to local residents and community groups. A range of two-way communication tools have been implemented to inform you and encourage your input into the process. These include:

    Local Community Liaison Officers are also available to answer questions and distribute information to the community first hand.

    KEPCO is continuing to engage the community regarding community investment opportunities. Information about funding opportunities can be found here.

    Planning Assessment Commission 

    In April 2017, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) prepared its preliminary assessment report on the Project in which it concluded that the Project is approvable, subject to the recommended conditions. The Minister for Planning referred the Project to the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) for review and consideration.

    The PAC released its report to the Minister for Planning on 26 July 2017 and the Project has now been returned to DP&E for consideration of the PAC findings. KEPCO is thoroughly reviewing the findings of the report and are working to address the issues raised in the PAC report.

    Current practice is that DP&E then prepares a further assessment report and refers projects back to the PAC for final determination (as the delegate of the NSW Minister for Planning) which may or may not include a public meeting.

    If the Project is approved under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act), it will also require Australian Government approval because it is a ‘controlled action’ under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

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