Closest neighbour not happy about proposed battery at McKees Hill

Susanna Freymark

Ray Smith lives right next door to the new proposed battery site on Auckram Rd at McKees Hill.

“We’re close,” Mr Smith said. “We’re in the firing line.”

Developer Maoneng has removed the development application for the former proposed site on the Bruxner Highway and put the Auckram Rd site  forward for environmental testing.

Mr Smith said the three closest residents to the Auckram Rd site have not been consulted by Maoneng.

“There are only three of us to argue with and put up a fight.”

Mr Smith has concerns about battery fires and noise levels and will be taking the matter to Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes.

Maoneng’s Alex Godina said the site was located directly south of the existing TransGrid substation and can better mitigate any perceived noise, visual and environmental impact potential.

An artist’s impresion of what the finished battery will look like. Photo: Contributed


An agreement in principle was reached with the landowner. The next step is the  environmental assessment process and testing of the project viability through the NSW State Government Planning Process.

If the project gets through this process, Maoneng will lease the project land from this owner.

One of the first steps in this process will be the lodgement of a scoping report with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

The scoping report is a publicly available document which provides preliminary information on a project and its potential impacts and identifies the impacts that are likely to be relevant to the Environmental Impact Statement.

Anyone with questions or requests for meetings or further information can email

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