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Would the McKees Hill battery survive our floods?

Floodwaters are just one of the reasons residents don't want a battery built nearby

by Susanna Freymark, 03/06/2021, 2 min read

JENNY du Frocq is concerned about flooding and its impact on the proposed Maoneng battery site at McKees Hill.

A photo of the January 2008 flood at Fig Tree Lane shows the intersection with Rogerson Rd well under water.

“The fences are 4'6" (1.35m) high and under water,” Ms du Frocq said.

“Definitely not a fit for purpose site for large scale battery storage.”

An artist's impression of what the proposed battery storage facility at McKees Hill could look like. Photo: Contributed

Maoneng Australia Pty Ltd plans to construct and operate a standalone 100 or 200 megawatt-hour battery energy storage at 1348 Bruxner Highway, McKees Hill.

Maoneng representative Allison Hawke said the proposed battery footprint has been set back from the western boundary to avoid land prone to flooding.

A hydrologic report has been prepared and will be lodged as part of the development application.

The Lidar image that will inform the hydrologic report to be lodged as part of the application by Maoneng. The red lines are the boundaries of the property. Photo: Contributed

Maoneng was also contacted about another possible site.

“A landowner contacted us regarding their property Ellangowan Rd but this site is located too far from the transmission substation to be feasible,” Ms Hawke said.

Residents potentially impacted by the battery have asked for the noise and visual studies from Maoneng to be released.

“We understand the interest in receiving the noise and visual studies ahead of the application's formal exhibition process. While some visuals have been circulated showing before and after landscape screening mitigation, these completed studies will be made available to the nearest neighbours when available,” Ms Hawke said.

The battery site is in Lismore City LGA but  Fig Tree Lane will be used for site access and is in Richmond Valley LGA.

FLOOD WARNING: Rogerson Rd under floodwaters in 2008. Photo: Jenny du Frocq