‘Vital vote on Woorndoo wind farm’

The following comes from the Warrnambool Standard, Journalist is Matt Neal, 21 Nov, 2011.

Planning minister Matthew Guy has recently approved an extension of permits for two other projects in the Moyne Shire. It will be interesting to see how he responds to this one.

Vital vote on Woorndoo wind farm

A PROPOSED wind farm at Woorndoo is under threat with Moyne Shire councillors to vote tomorrow on whether to grant the developers an extension on their construction starting date.

Work on the Salt Creek Wind Energy Facility (WEF) was supposed to have started by November 4 according to the initial permit.

The wind farm’s developers New En Pty Ltd applied in August for an extension as it was now “intending to combine the development of Salt Creek WEF with the proposed (nearby) Dundonnell WEF and develop both simultaneously”.

According to tomorrow’s Moyne Shire Council meeting agenda, “the decision as to whether or not Dundonnell WEF is permitted will strongly influence whether Salt Creek WEF is developed or not”.

Council officers have recommended the application for extension be rejected, keeping in line with the councillors’ rejection of similar requests regarding the Ryan Corner and Hawkesdale wind farms in August.

The Salt Creek WEF was expected to involve up to 15 turbines with an output about 29.9 megawatts.

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