Planning Approval Process

This page is to help guide the community through the various stages of the planning process for the Golden Plains Wind Farm.

As the process continues, this page will be updated with relevant information, including maps, photomontages, the project planning application and ways the community can provide feedback about the project to an Independent Planning Panel, which will be appointed by the Victorian Planning Minister.

It will also contain documents and information relating to the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process as well as the controlled action under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act. To access the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning’s page for more information about the EES, please click here.

For an overview of the Golden Plains Wind Farm project click here

If you have any issues, concerns or feedback please call WestWind on (03) 5421 9944  or email reception@w-wind.com.au.

What is the Status of the Project?

The Project is currently on Public Notice.  All documents relating to the Planning Application and Environment Effects Statement are available here for download.

The public now have an opportunity to comment on our application before a determination is handed down by the Minister for Planning in the second half of the year.

To find out more about the EES process go to the government’s website by clicking here.

BACKGROUND

In July 2017, WestWind Energy lodged environmental referrals with the Federal Government and the Victorian Government.  Federal and state referral agencies then determined that the Golden Plains Wind Farm is required to go through a bilateral State EES process and a controlled action under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act (EPBC).

In making the decision that an EES would be required, the Victorian Minister for Planning advised that the project has the potential to affect critically endangered native vegetation communities and species listed under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Planning Permit and Environment Effects Statement Documentation

All documentation relating to the Golden Plains Wind Farm Planning Application and Environment Effects Statement can be downloaded on the links below.

Please note that some of these documents are large and have been broken down into manageable downloads.  These have been named accordingly. E.g. “Appendix C – Part 1” and “Appendix C – Part 2”

If you have any problems downloading documents from the links below please contact us:  03 5421 9999

GPWF Planning Permit Report

GPWF PPR – Appendix A. Landholder Consents

GPWF PPR – Appendix B. Site Layout

GPWF PPR – Appendix C. Certificates of Title_Part1

GPWF PPR – Appendix C. Certificates of Title_Part2

GPWF PPR – Appendix D. Designated Waterways

GPWF PPR – Appendix E. Biodiversity Assessment_Part1

GPWF PPR – Appendix E. Biodiversity Assessment_Part2

GPWF PPR – Appendix E. Biodiversity Assessment_Part3

GPWF PPR – Appendix E. Biodiversity Assessment_Part4

GPWF PPR – Appendix F. Electrical Infrastructure

GPWF PPR – Appendix G. SPPF Assessment

GPWF PPR – Appendix H. MSS and Local Policy

GPWF PPR – Appendix I. Map of Planning Zones and Overlays

GPWF PPR – Appendix J. Planning Response to Zones and Overlay Decision Guidelines

GPWF PPR – Appendix K. Planning Permit Report Response to Particular Provisions

GPWF PPR – Appendix L. Planning Permit Broader Government Renewable Energy Policy

GPWF PPR – Appendix M. Planning Permit Report Groundwater Risk Assessment

GPWF PPR – Appendix N. Planning Permit Report Surface Water Assessment

GPWF PPR – Appendix O. Planning Permit Report Cultural Heritage Assessment_Part1

GPWF PPR – Appendix O. Planning Permit Report Cultural Heritage Assessment_Part2

GPWF PPR – Appendix P. Historical Heritage Impact Assessment Report

GPWF PPR – Appendix Q. Noise Assessment_Part1

GPWF PPR – Appendix Q. Noise Assessment_Part2

GPWF PPR – Appendix Q. Noise Assessment_Part3

GPWF PPR – Appendix R. Shadow Flicker Analysis

GPWF PPR – Appendix S. EMI Assessment

GPWF PPR – Appendix T. Landscape and Visual Assessment

GPWF PPR – Appendix U. Peer Review of Landscape and Visual Assessment

GPWF PPR – Appendix V. Brolga Impact Assessment

GPWF PPR – Appendix W. Report on Aviation Related Issues

GPWF PPR – Appendix X. Aviation Impact Assessment Qualitative Risk

GPWF PPR – Appendix Y. Environmental Management Framework

GPWF PPR – Appendix Z. Traffic and Transport Assessment_Part1

GPWF PPR – Appendix Z. Traffic and Transport Assessment_Part2

GPWF PPR – Appendix Z. Traffic and Transport Assessment_Part3

Golden Plains Wind Farm Planning Permit RFI Response Cover Letter

Attachment A. RFI Response

Attachment B. RFI Response

Attachment C. RFI Response

Attachment D. RFI Response

GPWF EES Project Summary

Environment Effects Statement GPWF_Part1

Environment Effects Statement GPWF_Part2

Environment Effects Statement GPWF_Part3

Appendix A. GPWF EES Stakeholder Engagement Plan

Appendix B. GPWF EES Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Impact Report_Part1

Appendix B. GPWF EES Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Impact Report_Part2

Appendix C. GPWF EES Air Quality Impact assessment report for Quarry

Appendix D.1. GPWF EES Aviation

Appendix D.2. GPWF EES Aviation Peer Review Letter

Appendix D.3 GPWF Aviation Impact Assessment QRA

Appendix E. GPWF EES Flora and Fauna Assessment Report_Part1

Appendix E. GPWF EES Flora and Fauna Assessment Report_Part2

Appendix E. GPWF EES Flora and Fauna Assessment Report_Part3

Appendix E. GPWF EES Flora and Fauna Assessment Report_Part4

Appendix F.1. GPWF EES Brolga impact assessment

Appendix F.2. GPWF EES Brolga Peer Review

Appendix G. GPWF_EES Flora and Fauna Assessment Report (Quarry)

Appendix H. GPWF EES EMI Assessment Report

Appendix I. GPWF EES Groundwater Impact Assessment report

Appendix J. GPWF EES Groundwater Risk Assessment

Appendix K. GPWF EES Historical Heritage Impact Assessment Report

Appendix L.1 GPWF EES Landscape and Visual Assessment Report

Appendix L.2 GPWF EES Landscape and Visual Assessment Peer Review

Appendix M. GPWF EES Land Use and Planning Report

Appendix N.1 GPWF Noise and Vibration Assessment Report_Part1

Appendix N.1 GPWF Noise and Vibration Assessment Report_Part2

Appendix N.1 GPWF Noise and Vibration Assessment Report_Part3

Appendix N.2. GPWF EES Peer Review of Noise Vibration Assessment

Appendix N.3. GPWF EES – Pre-development Background Noise Monitoring

Appendix O. GPWF EES Shadow Flicker Assessment

Appendix P. GPWF EES Social Impact Assessment

Appendix Q. GPWF EES Surface Water Assessment

Appendix R. GPWF EES Traffic and Transport Report_Part1

Appendix R. GPWF EES Traffic and Transport Report_Part2

Appendix R. GPWF EES Traffic and Transport Report_Part3

Appendix S. GPWF EES Environmental Risk Assessment

Project Map Book_Part1

Project Map Book_Part2

What is an Environment Effects Statement?

An Environment Effects Statement (EES) is a document prepared by the proponent (WestWind Energy) of the project.

The EES describes the potential environmental effects of a proposed project, assesses relevant alternatives and outlines how the proponent proposes to manage environmental effects. The EES process is administered by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

DELWP coordinates the process, implementing the Ministerial Guidelines that set out the processes and requirements under the Environment Effects Act 1978.

If a project requires assessment under both the Environment Effects Act and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, the relevant process can be accredited under the new Assessment Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth and Victoria.

The Golden Plains Wind Farm will be accredited under the bilateral agreement, which means that WestWind Energy will not have to undertake two separate assessment processes, minimising duplication and saving time.

The matters to be investigated and documented in an EES are set out in the ‘scoping requirements’ issued by the Minister. Scoping requirements are prepared following input from WestWind Energy and other agencies including: Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, Golden Plains / Colac Otway Shire, Corangamite Catchment Authority, Aboriginal Victoria, EPA Victoria, Southern Rural Water, and VicRoads.

A Technical Reference Group, with members from the aforementioned government agencies is appointed to provide advice to WestWind Energy and DELWP during the preparation of the EES.

Consultation has been undertaken with the local community and stakeholders to identify issues of concern and potential effects, as well as get feedback from stakeholders on project options or potential mitigation measures.

Members of the public can also participate in the EES process by providing written comments on the draft scoping requirements and the final EES. When the Minister is satisfied that the EES is suitable, it is released for public comment for between 20 and 30 business days. During this time, the public can make written submissions.

Read more about the EES process in Victoria.

Note: The EES assessment is not an approval process. The process enables statutory decision-makers to determine whether a project with potentially significant environmental effects should proceed.