Overview

Background

Willatook Wind Farm Pty Ltd is proposing to construct a wind farm of up to 59 wind turbines with a maximum blade tip height of 250 metres above ground level and an indicative generation capacity of 350 megawatts in the Moyne Shire, about 22 kilometres north of Port Fairy.

The proposed permanent ancillary infrastructure includes up to three permanent wind monitoring masts approximately 170 metres high, a substation, a battery energy storage system, operations and maintenance buildings and yard, underground cables, above ground power transmission lines and access tracks.

Temporary infrastructure for the construction period for the proposal includes on-site concrete batching plants, an on-site quarry, cleared construction laydown areas, temporary construction compounds and facilities and site parking.

The Tarrone Terminal Station is proposed to connect the on-site substation to the 500 kilovolt Heywood-Moorabool transmission line.

The proposed Project would have an expected operational life of about 25 years.

On 27 December 2018 the Minister for Planning determined that an EES is required for the Project under the Environment Effects Act 1978.

Two planning permit applications have also been made for the Project:

  • PA2201620 for the development of the wind energy facility and associated infrastructure within the Moyne Shire.
  • P22065 for removal of native vegetation in Glenelg Shire along the haulage route for the project.

Process

Exhibition of the Environment Effects Statement (EES), planning permit applications and project documentation

The EES and planning permit applications for the proposed Willatook Wind Farm Project were publicly exhibited for a period of 30 business days, from Monday 4 July 2022 to Friday 12 August 2022.

You can view and download the EES, planning permit applications and project documentation and any related documents at Willatook Wind Farm.

Information about the process that follows the public exhibition period can be found in the ‘Panel or Committee’ tab.

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.

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: 1800 934 313
    ✉ Email: info@willatookwindfarm.com

Panel or Committee

The Minister for Planning has appointed the Willatook Wind Farm Inquiry (the Inquiry) to advise on the Environment Effects Statement (EES) and public submissions received on the proposed Willatook Wind Farm Project.

Terms of Reference

The work and scope of the Inquiry will be guided by Terms of Reference that have been approved by the Minister for Planning.

The Minister for Planning issued Terms of Reference for the Inquiry on 24 June 2022.

Members

The Inquiry comprises of the following members:

  • Con Tsotsoros (Chair)
  • Rachael O'Neill (Deputy Chair)
  • Jacquelle Gorski
  • Phil West

Learn more about the members by reading their biographies (PDF, 110.5 KB) or (DOC, 58.0 KB)

The Inquiry are also appointed as a Panel under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to advise on the planning permit applications PA2201620 (Moyne Planning Scheme) and P22065 (Glenelg Planning Scheme).

Progress

Exhibition period and submissions

The EES along with the planning permit applications were publicly exhibited for 30 business days between from Monday 4 July 2022 to Friday 12 August 2022.

You can view the submissions received on Engage Victoria.

Directions Hearing

The Inquiry conducted a Directions Hearing on Friday 2 September 2022 via videoconference using Zoom.

Public Hearing

The Public Hearing will commence on Tuesday 11 October 2022 and run for 15 days, concluding on Monday 7 November 2022.

A timetable for the Public Hearing is available on Engage Victoria.

The Public Hearing will be held both online using Zoom and in person at the Lighthouse Theatre in Warrnambool.  Further details about the hearing arrangements have been published on Engage Victoria.

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to give people an opportunity to speak in support of their written submission. The Public Hearing is open for anyone to watch.

The Inquiry will consider all written submissions, irrespective of whether a submitter requests to be heard at the Public Hearing.

Report

The Terms of Reference will specify when the Inquiry is required to submit its report to the Minister for Planning.

More information

If you have any questions or need further information, get in touch via the contact details below.

Inquiry Process and making a submission on the EES:
Planning Panels Victoria
☎ Phone: 136 186 (select option 6)
✉ Email: planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au

Making a submission on the planning permit applications:
Development Approvals and Design
☎ Phone: 1800 789 386 (select option 2)
✉ Email: development.approvals@delwp.vic.gov.au

Ministers Assessment and EES Process queries:
Impact Assessment Unit
☎ Phone: (03) 9392 5503
✉ Email: environment.assessment@delwp.vic.gov.au

Proposed Willatook Wind Farm Project queries:
Willatook Wind Farm Pty Ltd
☎ Phone: 1800 934 313
✉ Email:info@willatookwindfarm.com

Have your say

Find out how to get involved and have your say on the proposed Willatook Wind Farm Project

Status: Closed

Willatook Wind Farm Project

Submissions to the Willatook Wind Farm Inquiry (the Inquiry) are now closed.

Submissions opens on

9.00am - Monday 04 July 2022

Submissions close on

11.59pm - Friday 12 August 2022

You can view the submissions received on Engage Victoria.

Documents

All documentation relating to this project can be found here.

Member Biographies

Terms of Reference

Scoping Requirements

EES Consultation Plan

Minister's Reason for Decision