Golden Plains Wind Farm
WestWind Energy Pty. Ltd. proposes to develop the Golden Plains Wind Farm, located to the south, south east and west of Rokewood, within the Golden Plains Shire.
The wind farm has been designed for up to 235 wind turbines across an area of 17,345 ha, which if approved will make it the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere.
Ancillary infrastructure associated with the wind farm would include:
- internal site access tracks including upgrades to access
- upgrades to intersections
- hardstand and lay down areas
- underground electricity cabling
- overhead power lines (up to 220 kV)
- four electricity collector stations
- one terminal sub-station and connection to the 500 kV transmission line
- six permanent meteorological masts
- an operations and maintenance building
- temporary infrastructure including an on-site quarry, four co-located construction compounds and concrete batching plants; car parking
- site buildings and amenities.
The wind farm will have a total capacity of approximately 800 MWs and produce approximately 2,500 GWH of electricity each year. The operational life of the wind farm is anticipated to be 25 years.
9 July 2017 the Minister for Planning determined that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) is required for the project due to the potential for significant effects:
The EES is also accredited under the bilateral agreement between the Australian and Victorian governments for the assessment purposes of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The EES will need to address the matters of national environmental significance identified in the Commonwealth decision that the project is a ‘controlled action’ under the EPBC Act.
WestWind Energy has prepared a communication and consultation plan for the EES, outlining the opportunities and approaches for their community engagement during the preparation of the EES. The plan has been refined following advice from the department and Technical Reference Group and is published on this web page. The consultation process may be adapted or modified to meet changing community needs and requirements.
The Scoping Requirements set out the matters to be investigated and documented in the EES. Draft Scoping Requirements for this EES were on public exhibition between 13 October 2017 to 3 November 2017. After considering public submissions on the Draft Scoping Requirements, the Minister for Planning issued final Scoping Requirements in December 2017.
View the Scoping Requirements: