During the life of the project the community will share in the benefits both indirectly through boosting the local economy but also directly through funding local initiatives. The project is committed to a yearly community development program throughout its 30 year operation life.
To date, the Lakeland Wind Farm community development program was run as a trial in 2017. This round selected two local projects to fund.
- The Lakeland Progress Association have used the funds to erect a community notice board to enable the advertising of community events or news.
- The Lakeland First Responders and SES have purchased battery powered portable lighting to assist emergency landing of aircraft within their area of operations. These will be used not only for planes landing at airstrips but also helicopters landing in paddocks and will replace flares that were previously used.
Lakeland Wind Farm community development program will run a second trial in the leadup to construction and will be open for applications in January 2021 and will have $10,000 available for local community projects.