An update on the progress of the Coopers Gap Wind Farm project. Since the last meeting of the CCC Group, they have been working to progress the project through to its final approval. As part of this, AGL applied for the project to become a Coordinated Project under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.
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As a result, today the Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, the Hon Anthony Lynham MP announced that the project is now a Coordinated Project and that the Office of Coordinator General (OCG) will coordinate the approvals process for the project. The Minister’s media release is attached for your information.
This means the project now requires an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be prepared, with its own Terms of Reference. The Terms of Reference will be used as a basis for the EIS. The Terms of Reference will be put on public display in the coming weeks by the OCG.
There will be time for the public to comment on and make submissions around what they believe should be considered in the EIS.
With the Coopers Gap Wind Farm continuing to be AGL’s foremost renewable energy project in Queensland, AGL will work with the Coordinator General’s office and will prepare the EIS in accordance with OCG’s requirements.
CCC meeting date
The next CCC meeting date is Thursday 30 June at the Bell Bunya Community Hall, Bell from 1pm – 3pm.
Queensland’s proposed largest wind farm near Kingaroy is a step closer to generating clean energy and 370 jobs with its declaration today as a coordinated project. This triggers the requirement for an Environmental Impact Statement under the SDPWO Act.
Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said that the special status meant the Coordinator-General would efficiently coordinate the approvals needed for AGL’s $700 million Coopers Gap Wind Farm between Dalby and Kingaroy.
“This project is an example of the Palaszczuk Government’s focus on diversifying our economy, generating jobs of the future, and becoming a leader in renewable energy generation,” Dr Lynham said.
“AGL Energy Limited has said the project could create up to 350 construction jobs and ongoing employment for up to 20 people in the region.
“Depending on the Coordinator-General’s eventual evaluation, construction could start in late 2017 and take two and half years, making it operational by 2020.
“Our strong renewable energy agenda is clearly encouraging private sector investment in renewable energy.
“If the project proceeds, it would be Australia’s third largest wind farm, and support our policy to generate half of Queensland’s electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030.”
Dr Lynham said the wind farm had the potential to supply power to about 180,000 households from a proposed installed capacity of about 350MW and up to 115 wind turbines.
If it proceeds, it would be connected to Powerlink’s Western Downs to Halys 275kV transmission line.
The next stage for Coopers Gap is public input into the terms of reference for an environmental impact statement. The Coordinator-General will shortly release the TOR. Public consultation will be a key element of the EIS. For further information visit http://www.dsd.qld.gov.au
Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, the Hon Anthony Lynham MP media release 160606.Coopers Gap wind farm