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

Panel members

  • Lester Townsend (Chair)
  • Phil West


In October 2010, after considering the Panel Report for the proposed Mortlake Wind Farm, the then Minister for Planning issued Planning Permit 2008/0538 (PDF, 343.5 KB) for the use and development of a wind energy facility.

On 30 August 2016 Acciona Energy Australia Pty Ltd submitted an amendment to the application.

In September-October 2016, a public notice was given in response to the application to the Minister for Planning to amend Permit Application 2008/0538.  At the time of referral to the Panel, 37 submissions were received in response to the public notice.

On 23 November 2016, the Minister appointed a Panel to consider the amended application and the submissions received.

This amended application was then considered by the Panel.


Directions Hearing

A Directions Hearing was held on 15 November 2016.

Public Hearing

The hearings were held from 28 November – 1 December 2016.


The Panel submitted its report (PDF, 843.9 KB) on 8 February 2017.


The Minister for Planning issued a Planning Permit (PDF, 4.4 MB) on 23 April 2017.

More information

All inquiries relating to the Panel should be directed to Planning Panels Victoria on (03) 8392 5121 or planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au.