Welcome

The Woolsthorpe Wind Farm (WWF) is located 25km inland from the coast, 4km west of Woolsthorpe and 10km south-east of Hawkesdale in South West Victoria, Australia. The project has an existing development approval for up to 20 wind turbine generators and associated equipment with a potential installed capacity of 55-68MW depending on the final turbine selection. The estimated total capital cost is approximately AUD$115-$145 million. The generation of wind electrical energy at Woolsthorpe will help meet Victoria’s growing demand for green power as well as providing construction and ongoing jobs for Victorians.

timeline

  • July 2002 - 40m mast erected.
  • February 2005 - EPBC decision.
  • June 2005 – Open day/survey.
  • April 2008 - Planning approval.
  • April 2011 - 80m tower erected.
  • November 2011 – Planning permit commencement extension.
  • March 2013 – Endorsed Development Plans approved.
  • October 2013 – Planning permit completion extension granted.
  • June 2015 – Planning permit extension completion extension.
  • August 2016 - Planning permit tip height amendment application lodged.
  • December 2016 - Public notification of planning permit amendment to 27 Jan 2017.
  • May 2017 Planning permit amendment approved.
  • Q3 2017 for round 1 of the new Victorian Government renewable Target.
  • Press release can be viewed here.

benefits

A 2012 SKM study on the economic benefits of wind farms in Australia found that, for every 50 MW in capacity, a wind farm delivered the following benefits:

  • Direct employment of up to 48 construction workers, with each worker spending approximately $25,000 in the local area in shops, restaurants, hotels and other services – a total of up to $1.2 million
  • Direct employment of around five staff – a total annual input of $125,000 spent in the local economy
  • Indirect employment during the construction phase of approximately 160 people locally, 504 state jobs and 795 nationwide jobs
  • Up to $250,000 per year for farmers in land rental income and $60,000 on community projects each year. Full report here.

contact

All contact at this stage should be directed by email to;

info@woolsthorpewindfarm.net

Or by phone to (03) 96399290.

Closer to the main construction phase of the project, please watch this page  and tab for details on over dimension, over weight traffic movements, major project milestones, open days and other construction news and updates.

There is a project specific contact form available here.

Anyone living within 3kms of the site should register their interest in Community Fund decisions by completing the contact form here.

planning

On this page and tab updates on planning matters related to the wind farm project will be posted.

This will include the Planning Permit Amendment links, Endorsed Development Plan requirements and pre & post construction monitoring required under various permit conditions and management plans. These are mostly related to noise, traffic and avifauna (birds and bats).

The Planning Permit Amendment was the subject of a Planning Panels Victoria hearing and decision from the Minister of Planning as the Responsible Authority in May 2017. See here for more details.

Construction updates once the schedule is known will be posted here.

A map showing the Woolsthorpe Wind Farm Location here.

Other Wind Energy References

Wind farm planning guidelines

The Victorian Government DELWP web site has a Wind Energy page which contains the latest Wind Energy Facility Policy and Planning Guidelines, the Plan Changes and Sample Planning Permit Conditions here.  A list of all the Wind Projects in Victoria can also be viewed here.  

Clean energy council

The Clean Energy Council provides a number of fact sheets  and researched reports & publications on topical issues with respect to Wind Energy in Australia such as health, decommissioning, property price impacts, benefits, community engagement and suggested best practice guidelines. These can be viewed here.

wind farms a guide for communities

A recommended publication for communities and or neighbours new to a wind farm can be viewed here. Moyne Shire Council is one of the most experienced Shire Councils in Australia with wind farm development and uses Community Engagement Committees (CEC) as an key part of its approach. Details on the WWF CEC is here.

benefits of wind energy in austRalia

Wind energy is the least expensive form of large-scale renewable energy generation capable of meeting Australia's international, national and State based targets. Wind farming can help farmers generate vital extra income, make better use of land, and insure against market downturns. Wind farms also provide jobs.

Community Engagement

  •  For details on the proposed Community Fund should the project proceed click here.
  • For details on the Moyne Shire Council Community Engagement Committee for the project click here.
  • For details on the proposed project Planning Permit Amendment click here.
  • To contact the project proponent using the form on this web site click here.