Social Investment Program
ACEN Australia Social Investment Program (SIP) available to the Coolah community and surrounds. This is ACEN Australia’s voluntary contribution available now and into construction of the project. Funding is available to not-for profit organisations and activities that directly benefit and enhance the liveability and vibrancy of the community
The expected peak construction workforce for Valley of the Winds is 400. To limit the use of short-stay and/tourist accommodation in the region, ACEN Australia has the option to a build temporary workers accommodation facility.
This option will:
- Limit the impact on regional housing availability and affordability
- Enable the region’s thriving tourism industry to flourish
- Offer contracting and employment opportunities for local providers for the construction and servicing of a facility
- Maintain the current social fabric of communities, including security and traffic by limiting the majority workforce to one location
- Offer a positive health and well-being experience for workers through appropriate accommodation design
- Potentially provide local government or other entities with accommodation facilities that can be re-used to meet community needs in the future
First Nations participation
As a company seeking to harness wind, solar and water resources for energy today, we reflect on the contributions made by First Nations over thousands of years. We recognise the value of a better understanding of Aboriginal history and culture, and commit to meaningful participation with First Nations groups to support the protection of country, culture, and the development of their aspirations.
Jobs and business
We have a commitment to employ and buy locally where we can so we can keep the benefits local. With such a significant construction investment, it is anticipated that there will be many opportunities for regional businesses to be involved. Goods and services likely to be procured locally include:
Central -West Orana community impacts and benefits
We are planning several projects in the NSW Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone (CWOREZ) in the coming years and we are working with stakeholders and communities to balance the impacts and opportunities that a growing renewable energy industry can bring. We want to maximise local employment and business opportunities and deliver the most appropriate accommodation solutions for our workforces. Our preference and priority is to employ locally first, however current skills and labour shortages are a considerable barrier in achieving this.