Wind farm group talks to dairy producers

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Augusta-Margaret River Clean Energy committee members Jamie McCall, Lyn Serventy and Ian Williams with dairy farmer Ross Woodhouse.
Camera IconAugusta-Margaret River Clean Energy committee members Jamie McCall, Lyn Serventy and Ian Williams with dairy farmer Ross Woodhouse.

The community group driving efforts to develop a wind farm in Scott River has scored a $20,000 funding lifeline from the State Government.

The news comes as Augusta Margaret River Clean Community Energy unveils plans to consult with dairy farmers in its feasibility study considering the inclusion of biogas as an additional renewable energy source.

“With the announcement of the $20,000 funding from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation for the start of our feasibility study into the biogas component of the proposal, the project is advancing to an exciting stage,” chairwoman and former councillor Lyn Serventy said.

Ms Serventy said the support of the dairy farming community was crucial to the viability of biogas featuring in the AMRCCE concept, which could also include solar power.

The group had met with Scott River dairy farmer and former Liberal Party candidate Ross Woodhouse and said the project was of interest to farmers who had looked at local power generation options in the past.

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