Woolnorth Wind Farm Holding (WNH) is committed to effectively managing all Health, Safety and Environment aspects of our business. We do this by implementing and following a Health, Safety and Environment Management system and by ensuring we maintain 100% compliance with our legal obligations.

Health Safety and Environment Management System

Woolnorth Wind Farm Holding have developed a series of documents that assist us in the management of Health, Safety and Environment issues of our business.

The documents Woolnorth Wind Farm Holding have developed are supported by the HSE Management System of Hydro Tasmania, who are a 25% shareholder in our business. Hydro Tasmania’s HSE management system is based on the international standards for safety and environmental management, OHSAS18001 and ISO14001 respectively. As such the processes and documents are organised under the continuous improvement model of Plan, Do, Check, Act.

These documents can be found under the WNH HSE documents banner.


Contractors

Contractors intending to work on our wind farms should refer to the information within the Contractor banner on this page before presenting for work.


Environmental Management

From an environment perspective we closely manage the wind farms and the land they occupy. We also ensure strict compliance with our environmental regulations and obligations. In summary, our focus areas are:

  • Understanding if the wind farm effects birds and bats through detailed, rigorous scientific studies.
  • Investigating if there is an impact on any flora or fauna. If there is, we aim to mitigate it, or if this is not possible, implement an offset program which aims to have a net positive effect on the species.
  • Managing land for the future – preventing erosion and the protection of any native vegetation.
  • Continually monitoring the wind farms for areas of improvement or issues of non-compliance.
  • Ensuring we can adequately respond to any incident or emergency situation.


Annual / Public Environmental Reports

Each year the Musselroe, Studland Bay and Bluff Point Wind Farms are put under the microscope and the company publishes Annual Environmental Reports (AER) for each wind farm. The AERs are written specifically to report on compliance with each wind farm’s Environment Protection Notice (EPN).

The documents are publically available and provide a detailed summary of each wind farm’s environmental performance including compliance with environmental operating conditions (as detailed by the EPNs). Reports also include the reporting requirements of each wind farm’s Approval Decision issued pursuant to the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Every three years a Public Environmental Report is completed which includes information required by the AER and additional information required by the Tasmanian Environment Protection Authority.

Refer to the Annual/ Public Environment Report Banner to access the latest reports

Other publications

A list of other publications which may be of interest can be found under the Publications banner.


Contractors

Inductions

Contractors who have been engaged to work on a WNH site should contact their company representative to arrange the necessary inductions required to work on one of our wind farm sites.


Minimum Requirements for Contractors

All contractors and their employees must ensure the following minimum requirements prior to arriving to commence work at one of our sites:


  • Arrival time and date must be agreed and known at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Confirm with your company representative.
  • That all staff have a first aid competency that it equivalent to Basic First Aid delivered by a recognised Registered Training Organisation.
  • Records of training competencies required to be carried in person or provided in advance to the company representative.
  • That all vehicles and equipment to be used on site are in good condition, fit for use/purpose and as far as reasonably practicable hazard and defect free. All vehicles shall be equipped with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit and where required mobile plant may be required to carry a fire extinguisher.
  • Ensure that any chemicals being brought to site are approved by the Company prior to entry. Speak with you company representative.
  • That all employees, on arrival, have with them the mandatory and job necessary PPE, and are otherwise fit for work (BAC 0.0, no illicit drugs – random testing may occur).

Publications

Copies of these papers are available on request via the contact us email.

Hull. C.L. and Cawthen, L. 2013. Bat fatalities at two wind farms in Tasmania, Australia: bat characteristics, and spatial and temporal patterns. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 40:1, 5-15.

Hull, C.L. and Muir, S.C. 2013. Behavior and turbine avoidance rates of eagles at two wind farms in Tasmania, Australia. Wildlife Society Bulletin 37(1): 49-58.

Hull, C.L., Stark, E.M., Peruzzo, S, Sims, CC. 2013. Avian collisions at two wind farms in Tasmania, Australia: taxonomic and ecological characteristics of colliders versus non-colliders. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 40:1, 47-62.

Hull, C.L., Sims, C., Stark, E., Muir, S. 2015. Results and analysis of eagle studies from the Bluff Point and Studland Bay Wind Farms 2002-2012. In Hull, C.L., Stark, E., Bennett, E, Smales, I., Lau, J., Venosta, M. (Eds) Proceedings of the Wind and Wildlife Conference, October 2012, Melbourne, Australia. Springer. Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Sims, C., Hull, C.L., Stark, E., Barbour, R. 2015. Key learnings from ten years of monitoring and management interventions at the Bluff Point and Studland Bay Wind Farms: results of a review. In Hull, C.L., Stark, E., Bennett, E, Smales, I., Lau, J., Venosta, M. (Eds) Proceedings of the Wind and Wildlife Conference, October 2012, Melbourne, Australia. Springer. Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Soaring – an eagle education kit.