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The Dundonnell Wind Farm project is located approximately 23km north-east of Mortlake, in the Western District of Victoria, Australia. This project has obtained all planning & environmental approvals and is continuing to progress in the development phase.

Project Details

The inspiration for the $650 million Dundonnell Wind Farm came from a group of local land holders who were keen to source a Wind Farm for their properties. 

Tilt Renewables (then Trustpower) purchased the site from developer NewEn Australia in June 2013. The site is sparsely populated, largely made of stony rise country and predominantly used for grazing stock. 

“The inspiration for the $650 million Dundonnell Wind Farm came from a group of local land holders who were keen to source a Wind Farm for their properties.”

The EES and planning permit applications were submitted to the relevant authorities in April 2015 and the final Planning approval for the wind farm was granted in July 2016 for up to 96 turbines.

In December 2017, the Minister for Planning approved a variation to the maximum tip-height of the turbines, increasing this from 165m to 189m. The total number of turbines to be installed was also reduced from 96 to 88.

Project Benefits

The Dundonnell Wind Farm will produce enough clean energy each year to power about 140,000 homes and save the emission of roughly 670,000 tonnes of carbon. This is the equivalent of removing about 140,000 cars from our roads. 

Since 2009 there have been many longrunning flora, fauna, heritage and other environmental assessments undertaken at the Dundonnell site. This has resulted in a wealth of documented information that previously did not exist. 

Wind farms offer many other benefits including drought-proofing farms and improving access for fire fighters through the creation of additional fire breaks. 

A Wind Farm brings many direct opportunities for employment to the region during both the construction phase and ongoing operations once the Wind Farm is commissioned. 

Flow on employment benefits are also achieved as the project brings demand for local business services and consumer goods. Most regions have a range of businesses that will provide services to a wind farm project. 

These include:

  • Domestic scale electricians;
  • Transport operators;
  • Competent machine operators;
  • General labourers;
  • Quarries; and
  • Concrete businesses.

The Dundonnell Wind Farm will directly employ 200 staff during the construction period, which will be up to three years. Economic assessments indicate the multiplier effect will sustain around 960 jobs per year throughout this construction period. Once operational, the proposed Dundonnell Wind Farm will employ 10 full-time staff during its 25 year operation

Tilt Renewables is committed to providing financial support for local community through community benefit programmes and will progress discussions with local community organisations on the establishment of a suitably representative community led group to administer a community fund that will be implemented when construction of the wind farm commences.

To register interest in providing goods or services for the Dundonnell Wind Farm Project please click here and complete the form. 

For further information or to receive regular updates on the Dundonnell Wind Farm please contact the project team at [email protected] or on 1800 122 823.