Mt Fyans Wind Farm project
Woolnorth Wind Farms is pleased to announce the development of the Mt Fyans Wind Farm.
The proposed farm site is located at the centre of Victoria’s western plains, 5 kilometres north of Mortlake, on the Mortlake-Ararat Road. The wind farm will be located on privately owned grazing and farm land across 14 properties. It is anticipated the wind farm will consist of 80-85 turbines that will produce approximately 250 megawatts (MW) of energy.
The Mt Fyans Wind Farm has been at a preliminary planning stage for several years. The design of the project has evolved over time to enable it to have a sufficient level of wind generation, and to comply with environmental and planning requirements.
First Quarter 2017
The project is now entering a phase of public consultation and formal planning approval. Towards mid-2017 a report will be submitted to the Victorian government’s Minister for Planning who will then decide if an assessment under the Environmental Effects Act 1978 (EES) is required.
Woolnorth will host a Public Display in Mortlake early to mid-year. The display will give residents (who have not yet spoken with us) the chance to talk with our staff face-to-face. It will also provide community members with the opportunity to view some of our visual and interactive resources.
While not a formal requirement of the approval process, we will be detailing our community engagement activities and the feedback we have received in the EES report. We look forward to your comments.
Second Quarter 2017
After a successful public display on 5-6 May 2017 at the Olivine Café, Mortlake, Woolnorth Wind Farms continues its community engagement campaign. We’ve done our best to reach out to Mortlake and Moyne Shire residents, with over 1,000 letters sent to those within proximity to the Mt Fyans site.
Information at the display included a site map, photomontage, environmental and heritage considerations and other general information about the proposed development. Our panels from the display are available here:
Third & Fourth Quarters 2017
Green light for Mt Fyans wind farm environmentalassessment
The Victorian Planning Minister has decided an EnvironmentalEffects Statement is not required for the Mt Fyans wind farm. This decision isa major endorsement of the environmental and heritage sensitivity of theproject.
The requirement is waived as long as Woolnorth conductsfurther assessments for two species - the Southern Bentwing Bat and the BasaltRustyhood orchid. We are working with the Victorian Department of Environment,Land Water and Planning on these extra assessments.
More information on the Minister’s decision, along with ourapplication and all associated materials are publicly available on theVictorian Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning website here.
Ramping up community engagement
Woolnorth Wind Farms has unveiled a variety of initiativesaimed at promoting communication and minimising impacts of its proposed MtFyans wind farm on neighbours, including:
- TV and radio reception monitoring both before and afterconstruction;
- Off-site landscaping to reduce the visibility of turbines;
- Monitoring background noise levels at selected sites; and
- Neighbour Communication Agreements.
Further details on these initiatives are provided in ourlatest newsletter, which is available here-hyperlink to online location ofnewsletter- and in hard-copy in the Mortlake Information Centre. Residents inthe Mortlake and District community can also expect to receive a copy of thenewsletter in their mailboxes in the coming weeks.
Woolnorth will consider ways to share the project’s benefitswith the broader community closer to construction. A public display and informationevent will take place in the first quarter of next year.
Wind Farm & Renewable Energy Fact Sheets
Woolnorth have compiled some general information on wind farms. Please click on the following links to download a PDF copy.
Fact Sheet 1: Wind Farm Overview (coming soon)
Fact Sheet 2: Wind Turbines (coming soon)
Useful Links to Wind
Farm and Renewable Energy Information:
Clean Energy Council
‘Wind Energy’ page of the Clean Energy Council website includes fact sheets on wind farm technology, health and national guidelines to wind farm development.
The Clean Energy Council is a not for profit organisation that advocates for clean energy policy in Australia. Members include public, private and not-for-profit organisations.www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au
Nova (Australian Academy Of Science)
‘Blowing in the Wind’ page of the Australian Academy of Science’s Nova website outlines the history of wind energy, wind farm technology and effects on health.
The Australian Academy of Science is a not-for-profit organisation founded by the Australian Fellows of the Royal Society of London, with the aim to promote science and provide independent scientific advice.
Victoria State Government
The ‘Wind Energy’ page of the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website details current wind farm projects in Victoria and provides links to policy and planning guidelines.
DELWP develops policy to support and regulate the energy industry and ensures that Victorians have access to essential energy services.
Health Victoria Wind Farms Sound & Health
The ‘Wind farms, sound and health’ page of the health.vic website has in depth information on the science of sound and wind farm sound levels.
Health.Vic is run by the Department of Health and Human Services and publishes independent medical research on health and wellbeing.
Habitat (Momentum Energy)
Momentum Energy’s blog ‘Habitat’ publishes general information on renewable energy and green energy solutions for consumers.
Momentum Energy is the retail arm of Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest generator of renewable energy.