The people of Hepburn Shire in country Victoria will soon have the distinction of being the first community in Australia to own and operate their own wind farm. The idea of powering households in the Shire using renewable energy was first mooted in 2005. But to build a wind farm the community needed more than $12 million, and to operate it they needed a robust, sustainable governance structure.
The proponents of the Hepburn wind farm engaged Mattila Lawyers in 2007 to help them set up their co-operative and to assist them with the documentation and approvals required to raise the necessary capital. We provided advice on membership criteria and disclosure statements, and assisted with compliance issues under the Co-operatives Act 1996 (Victoria) and with interstate fundraising provisions under the Corporations Act 2001 (Commonwealth). Click here to read more on Case Study for Hepburn Wind
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