$484 MILLION BERRYBANK WINDFARM APPROVED

$484 MILLION BERRYBANK WINDFARM APPROVED

Posted on 24. Aug, 2010 in Greening Victoria

Planning Minister Justin Madden today approved three planning applications for the development of the $484 million Berrybank Wind Energy Facility south east of Lismore.

Speaking today at the Major Projects Conference in Melbourne, Mr Madden said he had accepted the recommendations of an independent panel and approved the project.

“The Berrybank Wind Energy Facility will include up to 99 wind generators producing up to 247.5 megawatts of electricity a year,” Mr Madden said.

“This is enough energy to power some 171,000 homes.”

Mr Madden said he had appointed a planning panel to review the three applications relating to the project and a public hearing was conducted in February 2010.

“We have worked closely with Corangamite and Golden Plains Shire Councils as well as the local communities and the developer to ensure the best possible outcome,” Mr Madden said.

“The main issues addressed by the independent panel’s report included landscape and visual impacts, noise impacts, fire planning and management, social and economic impacts, fauna and removal of native vegetation.

“Community concerns about potential landscape and visual amenity and environmental impacts have been addressed and appropriate conditions have been placed on the planning permits, including landscape, and flora and fauna issues.”

Mr Madden said the proponents, Union Fenosa, will also be required to conduct additional analysis and mitigation measures to ensure appropriate management of impacts on flora and fauna.

The Berrybank Wind Energy Facility planning panel report can be viewed online on the Department of Planning and Community Development website, www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning.

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