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WARRACKNABEAL ENERGY PARK

Social Impact Survey – Now Closed

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Social Impacts Survey. Your input is an important part of the development process for the Warracknabeal Energy Park and will help us better understand community perceptions.

Congratulations to Corinne from Minyip who was randomly selected from those who completed the survey to win a $100 gift card.

For more on the project, call us on 5421 9999, email info@warracknabealenergypark.com.au or visit project page.

Project Summary

 

LOCATION: Yarriambiack Shire, Vic
TURBINES: Up to 207
TOTAL TIP HEIGHT: Up to 280 m
WIND TURBINE ROTOR Up to 200 m diameter
INSTALLED CAPACITY: Approx. 1,500 MW
ENERGY PRODUCTION: Approx. 5,700 GWh annually
HOMES POWERED: More than 1.2 million homes
GREENHOUSE SAVINGS: 4.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually
SITE AREA: Approx. 25,000 ha
STATUS: Environmental assessment, planning and permitting phase.
Scott Street Office, Warracknabeal

Warracknabeal Office Open

Our office at 104 Scott Street, Warracknabeal is now open
9am-5pm on Mondays and Thursdays, or other times by appointment call 03 5421 9999.

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Warracknabeal – A major renewable energy project

About The Project

The Warracknabeal Energy Park is located on approximately 25,000 hectares of agricultural land west of Warracknabeal. The development will consist of up to 207 turbines with an installed capacity of approximately 1,500 MW.

This will provide power for around 1.2 million Victorian homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 4.6 million tonnes per year.

WestWind Energy began monitoring the wind resource at the Warracknabeal site in early 2017, and determined it was ideal for a wind energy facility.

In early 2023, WestWind Energy lodged environmental referrals for the project and is now preparing an Environmental Effects Statement (EES).

WestWind expects to lodge the EES, along with a planning permit application, in mid to late 2024.

Community Benefits

Once operational, a community fund will be established to share the financial benefits of the project with $2,000 per turbine per year to support a range of benefit schemes including community-based initiatives, projects and events that support local communities around the wind farm.

The fund will target a range of community needs including health and social welfare, safety, environment, education and youth, sport and recreation, culture, arts and economic development.

The fund will be overseen by a Community Reference Group (CRG) made up of a group of volunteers from the local community.

The role of the CRG is to:

– enhance communication between WestWind Energy and the community

– enhance WestWind’s understanding of community issues

– encourage community partnerships

– ensure the local community benefits as a result of the wind farm project.

All funding programs will be developed in close consultation with the local community.

Host Landholder Benefits

The wind farm will provide an annual income for all host landholders. This economic boost to farmers enables them to secure supplementary income annually, for decades, through lease arrangements with the wind farm. This income provides a stable addition to farming income and helps to counteract swings of commodity prices – helping farmers ‘drought-proof’ their business. This sustains the farming practice and diversifies farming revenue for years to come. 

The roads constructed for turbine access give landholders all weather access across their property which improves stock management practices and bushfire access.

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Neighbour Benefits

The Neighbour Benefits Sharing Program will provide an annual financial incentive for close neighbours of the wind farm so they can share in the economic benefits of the project across its operational lifecycle.

Annual payments commence when major construction works are underway on the wind energy facility. Payments will continue through the life of the project until the wind turbines are decommissioned, typically in the 25-35 year range.

The Program will be offered to neighbouring properties located within 6 km of proposed wind turbine locations with the level of payment calculated on proximity to the nearest constructed turbine.

If you would like to contact WestWind in relation to this project, please contact us at info@warracknabealenergypark.com.au or (03) 5421 9999.

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