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Neoen Australia Pty Ltd proposes to construct up to 157 wind turbines covering approximately 7,500 hectares of private and public land in Nelson, south west Victoria, approximately 30 kilometres north west of Portland and 3 hectares east of Nelson township.
In addition to the turbines and their towers, the proposal would include a battery storage facility, connection to high-voltage transmission lines via overhead and underground cabling, terminal substations, access tracks, wind monitoring masts and temporary infrastructure associated with construction (i.e. construction compound, laydown areas, water extraction, concrete batching plants and a potential on-site quarry).
The proposed wind farm would have a total capacity of approximately 900 MW, produce approximately 3,300 GWh of electricity each year, and an operational life of approximately 30 years.
The proponent, Neoen 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.
Please note: Due to the COVID-19 related state of emergency, face-to-face community consultation may be affected. Please contact the proponent for further information regarding special consultation arrangements while health-related restrictions apply.
Technical reference group
The Department has convened an inter-agency technical reference group to advise the proponent and the department, as appropriate, on scoping and adequacy of the EES studies during the preparation of the EES, as well as coordination with statutory approval processes.
The government organisations represented on the technical reference group are:
- DELWP - Impact Assessment
- DELWP - Barwon South West Region (biodiversity)
- DELWP - Renewable Energy (Planning)
- Aboriginal Victoria
- Heritage Victoria
- Parks Victoria
- Glenelg Shire Council
- Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority
- Southern Rural Water
- Regional Roads Victoria
- Environment Protection Authority
- Country Fire Authority
- Earth Resources Regulation
Technical reference group representatives are supported by internal experts on specific aspects of the EES studies.
The scoping requirements set out the matters to be investigated and documented in the EES.
Draft scoping requirements for this EES were placed on public exhibition in December 2019. After considering public submissions on the draft scoping requirements, the Minister for Planning issued final scoping requirements in February 2020, dated January 2020.
Note: Microsoft word version does not include Appendices B and C.
Minister's decision on referral
On 25 August 2019 the Minister for Planning required Neoen Pty Ltd to prepare an environment effects statement (EES) under the Environment Effects Act 1978 to assess the potential environmental effects of the project.
Page last updated: 21/07/23