Who we are

The Mt Cass Wind Farm is made up of a project team who will deliver the wind farm. They are being supported by a community liaison group. 

Mountain texture

Community Liaison Group

Made up of volunteers, the group helps facilitate the flow of information between MainPower and the community, about the Mt Cass Wind Farm project.

The group meets at regular intervals during the design and construction phases, and at least annually during operations. Their functions are to;

  • Provide input and feedback on management plans,
  • Discuss results of monitoring and reports,
  • Act as a forum for relaying and reviewing questions about the construction and operation of the wind farm.

Ben Kepes

Community Liaison Group Member

Ben Kepes is a professional director and Waipara resident. He is chair of the Waipara District Residents Association, Deputy Chief Fire Officer of the Waipara Volunteer Fire Brigade and was a founding trustee of the Kate Valley Landfill Community Trust.

“I run and walk over the Mt Cass ridgeline regularly and I can see the totality of the wind farm footprint from my home. As a staunch advocate for renewable and local energy generation, I am keen to ensure that this beneficial project doesn’t have any deleterious impacts upon the Waipara community.”

Ultramarathon running, outdoor pursuits, furniture making.

Paul Williams

Community Liaison Group Member

Paul has been a long-term resident and property owner in Waipara for the last 38 years. Paul brings some great community involvement experience to the group, having been a member of the Waipara District Residents Association since 1986. He was also on the Kate Valley Community Trust committee for eight years, a member of the Glenmark Lions, and recently appointed coordinator for the local Waipara Civil Defence group.

“I believe I can bring a broad background, experience, and an open mind, without any ulterior motives, to the group in representing the interests of the local Glenmark community.”

Touch rugby, lawn bowls, fishing, Lions, and family. 

Michael Ward

Community Liaison Group Member

Michael has held the position of chairperson of the South Ward Committee for over nine years and is a second term councillor. He is a resident of Amberley and has a strong background in management.

“I want to ensure that the Mt Cass project is a success and meets community expectations, and to oversee the conservation efforts from the community view and assist in its success.”

Conservation, community, governance