April 27, 2019
A renewable energy company with links to the Chinese Government’s Belt and Road economic initiative is planning to hold a “community pop-up event” in Kingaroy to discuss a possible wind farm development.
Gold Coast-based Australia Energy Windfarm Pty Ltd (AEWF) was established in 2016 and is fully owned by China’s Heilongjiang Ainaji Dianli Pty Ltd (HAD).
AEWF is registered to an address at Robina.
According to its website, HAD is engaged in the development, investment, construction, operation and management of renewable energy projects in China and is gradually expanding its overseas business in accordance with the Belt and Road initiative.
HAD has been involved in the construction of multiple wind farm and solar farm projects in China and boasts on its website that it has “strong financial strength and a professional technical team”.
The website also includes articles praising Chinese President and Communist Party secretary Xi Jinping.
In September 2016, HAD chairman Liu Xiaodong led a delegation to inspect new energy investment, development and construction projects in Australia.
A year later, a visit by Mr Liu created some controversy when media reported he had dinner in Brisbane with then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull just days after AEWF declared a $40,000 donation to the LNP ahead of the 2017 Queensland election.
Questioned at the time by the ABC, Mr Turnbull said it was a general discussion about the economy and investment policies were not raised.
“Obviously we have a lot of Chinese investment in Australia … there are occasions where foreign investment, including Chinese investment, does not get approval on reasons of national interest, but by and large Australia welcomes foreign investment,” Mr Turnbull said.
The ABC also reported at the time that AEWF was planning a solar power plant near Kingaroy.
southburnett.com.au can find no mention of that project on the HAD website.
The Kingaroy meeting will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday (May 9) at the Kingaroy RSL Club and interested members of the community have been invited to attend.
AEWF says members of the Kingaroy Wind Farm team will be available to provide an outline of the expected project, time frames, and answer questions.