Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, discussing the recent TV reception upgrades with Goldwind Community Engagement Manager Sandra Royal and Glen Innes Severn Mayor Steve Toms at the town’s Goldwind shopfront.
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
TELEVISION viewers around Glen Innes will have vastly more reliable reception thanks to a new microwave link, installed by Goldwind, to meet NSW Government approval conditions on their nearby White Rock Wind Farm project.
Jointly funded by Goldwind Australia, PRIME7, NBN and Southern Cross Ten, a new link atop Martin’s Lookout has replaced an existing repeater near Narrabri. From there, the signal will get sent into homes from the existing Carpenters Hill broadcast tower.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall welcomed the reception upgrade and said the new link was 150 kilometres closer than its predecessor – greatly reducing the opportunity for interference and signal degradation.
“The NSW Department of Planning sought tough but fair environmental and social commitments in its 2012 approval of the White Rock Wind farm,” Mr Marshall said.
“While issues around noise, dust and ecology are the most vital, approval required assurances that radio communication and television signal in the region would not be impacted.
“Through their proactive installation of the microwave link, Goldwind has demonstrated its commitment to following the approval conditions and supporting the community.
“Glen Innes is seeing an economic boom as a result of wind farm developments, and this addition is further tangible proof of the local benefits this industry provides.”
Construction on the White Rock Wind farm is well underway – with all turbine pads now in some stage of construction and towers rising up every week. The constriction work is due for completion late this year.