COMING TOGETHER: AGL manager government and communications Karyn Looby and South Burnett councillor Ros Heit at a meeting at the Kumbia Hotel on Monday.
COMING TOGETHER: AGL manager government and communications Karyn Looby and South Burnett councillor Ros Heit at a meeting at the Kumbia Hotel on Monday. Will Hunter

How community could benefit from proposed wind farm

SOUTH Burnett councillor Ros Heit wants Kumbia to develop a long-term plan that could help the town benefit from the proposed Coopers Gap Wind Farm.

Cr Heit said she would like to see community groups working together with AGL to improve community facilities.

"AGL is probably coming to town. It's a big business, coming to a locality very close to Kumbia," she said.

She said she wanted to see a committee formed in Kumbia that would work with AGL to develop a plan that outlined the most desired improvements to the town.

Cr Heit hosted a meeting with AGL manager government and communications Karyn Looby and about 20 community members at the Kumbia Hotel on Monday night.

According to the project's environmental impact statement, AGL will establish a community fund program if the wind farm is built.

The fund would target a range of community needs, including health, social welfare, safety, environment, education and youth, sport, recreation, culture, arts and economic development.

"There may be access for employment out there, which would be really good. Support from AGL for the community would be great to build the infrastructure here," Cr Heit said.

Earlier this year AGL received a development permit from the State Government to build 115 turbines at the Cooranga North site, about 50km outside Kingaroy.