Our role


On 30 April 2009, following the consideration of the Panel Report for the proposed Lal Lal Windfarm (PDF, 1.5 MB), the then Minister for Planning issued Planning Permits PL-SP/05/0461 (PDF, 343.5 KB) for the use and development of a wind energy facility and 2008/208 (PDF, 224.4 KB) for the removal of native vegetation.

In December 2015, public notice of an application by WestWind Energy to the Minister for Planning to amend Permit Application PL-SP/05/0461 for the wind energy facility (but not the removal of native vegetation) was given.  At the time of referral to the Panel, 222 submissions were received in response to that public notice.

On 13 July 2016 the Minister appointed a Panel (to replace the Panel appointed on 22 December 2015), to consider the application to amend the Permit and the submissions received to it.

On 15 August 2016 WestWind Energy submitted an amendment to the application (PDF, 5.1 MB).

This amended application is the version that was considered by the Panel.

The role of the panel was to review the permits issued for the use and development of a wind energy facility and the removal of native vegetation. The panel also reviewed the amended application.

Panel members

  • Trevor McCullough (Chair)
  • Michael Ballock
  • Geoffrey Carruthers.

View the panel member biographies (DOC, 39.5 KB).




Directions Hearing

A Directions Hearing was held on 29 July 2016.  The Directions issued by the Panel following the Directions Hearing (PDF, 140.2 KB) are provided here.

The Panel issued further Directions on 19 October 2016 (PDF, 365.7 KB).

Public Hearing

The hearings were held on Tuesday 8, p, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18 November 2016.


The Panel submitted its report on 1 February 2017.


Planning permit number PL-SP/05/0461A was issued on 20 March 2017.

More information

All inquiries relating to the Panel should be directed to:

Planning Panels Victoria 
☎ Phone: (03) 8624 5719
✉ Email: planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 31/03/22