Overview

Overview

Background

The Willatook Wind Farm Project proposes to construct up to 86 wind turbines covering approximately 6,750 hectares of private and public land in Willatook, south west Victoria, about 22 kilometres north of Port Fairy.

In addition to the turbines and their towers, the proposal would include underground cabling, overhead powerlines, access tracks, wind monitoring masts and temporary infrastructure associated with construction (i.e. construction compound, laydown areas, concrete batching plants and a potential on-site quarry).

The proposed wind farm would have a total capacity of approximately 400 MW, produce approximately 1,400 GWh of electricity each year, and an operational life of approximately 25 years.

Process

Scoping Requirements

The scoping requirements set out the matters to be investigated and documented in the Environmental Effects Statement (EES).

Draft scoping requirements for this EES were on public exhibition between July and August 2019.

After considering public submissions on the draft scoping requirements, the Minister for Planning issued final scoping requirements in August 2019.

To assist with interpretation of the final scoping requirements, please view questions and answers containing guidance on their development here.

Consultation Plan

The proponent, Willatook Wind Farm Pty Ltd, has prepared a communications and consultation plan for the EES, outlining the opportunities and approaches for its community engagement during the preparation of the EES.

The plan may be updated as required during the preparation of the EES. If the plan changes, the updated version will be posted on this page.

Technical Reference Group

The department has convened an inter-agency Technical Reference Group at the request of the Minister for Planning to advise the department 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 - Impact Assessment
  • DELWP - Barwon South West (biodiversity)
  • DELWP - Wind Farm Planning
  • Aboriginal Victoria
  • Heritage Victoria
  • EPA Victoria
  • Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority
  • Regional Roads Victoria
  • DJPR - Earth Resources Regulation
  • Moyne Shire Council

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

Minister’s Decision EES required

On 27 December 2018 the Minister for Planning required Willatook 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.

Reasons for decision (PDF, 607.1 KB)

More Information

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

  • Proposed Willatook Wind Farm Project queries:
    Willatook Wind Farm Pty Ltd
    ☎ Phone: (03) 9005 9075
    ✉ Email: info@willatookwindfarm.com

Documents

Scoping Requirements

EES Consultation Plan

Project documents