Planning and Environment
The original development application for the project was lodged with the Mid Murray Council in February 2014 and the project was approved by the Mid Murray Councils Development Assessment Panel in December 2015.
The approval decision was subsequently appealed at the Environment, Resources and Development Court (ERD Court). The ERD Court proceedings finished in April 2017 and on 9 March 2018 made judgement to uphold the approval, subject to additional conditions.
There has been a Supreme Court Appeal of the ERD Court decision, and as such the project is on hold until there is decision on this matter. It is unlikely that an outcome from this process will be known until 2019.
A copy of the ERD Court judgement and court orders can be found below.
A copy of the Amended Consolidated Particulars of Development, as referred to in the court orders, can be downloaded below. This document includes the latest information on the project.
The Palmer Wind Farm will produced enough clean energy each year to power about 150,000 homes and save the emissions of roughly 720,000 tonnes of carbon. This is equivalent of removing about 150,000 cars from the road per year.
Wind farms offer many other benefits including drought-proofing farms and improving access for fire fighters through the creation of additional fire breaks.