Overview

Overview

Background

Hexham Wind Farm Pty Ltd (a subsidiary of Wind Prospect Pty Ltd) is proposing to construct a wind farm consisting of up to 108 wind turbines with a maximum blade tip height of 260 metres above ground level and an indicative generation capacity of 2,400 gigawatt hours.  The project is located in Moyne Shire in south-west Victoria, approximately 15 kilometres west of the township of Mortlake.

The proposed project includes an onsite connection to the existing overhead 500 kV transmission powerline via a new terminal station, installation of overhead powerlines and underground electrical cabling, a battery energy storage facility as well as other supporting infrastructure. A number of access roads would also be upgraded and constructed for the project.

The proposed project would have an expected operational life of 25 years after a two-year construction period.

Process

Scoping requirements

The scoping requirements set out the matters to be investigated and documented in the Environmental Effects Statement (EES). Draft scoping requirements are yet to be prepared. Once prepared the draft will be publicly advertised for a period of 15 business days.

After considering public submissions on the draft scoping requirements, the Minister for Planning will issue final scoping requirements.

Consultation Plan

Hexham Wind Farm Pty Ltd will prepare a consultation plan for the EES, outlining the opportunities and approaches for its community engagement during the preparation of the EES. The plan will be refined following advice from DELWP and the Technical Reference Group and will be published on this web page.

The consultation plan may be adapted or modified to meet changing community needs and requirements throughout the EES process.

Technical Reference Group

DELWP convened an inter-agency Technical Reference Group at the request of the Minister for Planning to advise DELWP and the proponent on scoping and adequacy of the EES studies and documentation, as well as co-ordination of the EES process with other statutory processes for the project.

The government organisations represented on the Technical Reference Group are:

  • DELWP Planning Group
  • DELWP Renewables Planning Team
  • DELWP Forest, Fire and Regions
  • Department of Transport
  • Environment Protection Authority (Victoria)
  • First Peoples - State Relations
  • Heritage Victoria
  • Moyne Shire Council
  • Southern Rural Water
  • Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority

Technical Reference Group representatives are supported by internal experts on specific aspects of the EES studies.

Minister's Decision - EES required

On 19 April 2022 the Minister for Planning required Hexham Wind Farm Pty Ltd to prepare an Environment Effects Statement (EES) under the Environment Effects Act 1978 to assess the potential environmental effects of the project.

More Information

If you have any questions or feedback, please get in touch via the contact details below.

Proposed Hexham Wind Farm queries:

Hexham Wind Farm Pty Ltd

Phone: 1800 934 322
Email: info@hexhamwindfarm.com.au

EES process queries:

Impact Assessment Unit
Phone: (03) 9392 5503
Email: environment.assessment@delwp.vic.gov.au

Documents

All documentation relating to this project can be found here.

EES documents

Minister's Reason for Decision: