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Salt Creek Wind Farm is located on a Merino Stud Farm near Woorndoo, about 250 kilometres west of Melbourne, Victoria.

Project Overview

Financial close for the project was reached on June 30, 2017. Construction of the Salt Creek Wind Farm commenced in September 2017 and was completed in late July 2018.  

Please find maps of the project below:

Further details about the project and copies of our newsletters and FAQs can be found below.

SCWF Lend A Hand Community Benefit Fund

The Salt Creek Wind Farm Lend A Hand Community Benefit Fund is now open for applications.

A subcommittee of the Woorndoo Community Group has been established to administer the fund. The guidelines and application form will be available on this site later this week and you can direct any enquiries to 1800 122 823 or [email protected]

The fund will provide $25,000 in its first year, followed by $10,000 annually for the life of the wind farm.

SCWF Scholarship Fund

In recognition of the importance of tertiary education and its associated costs, the Salt Creek Wind Farm has established an annual scholarship of $30,000 for the benefit of a deserving local applicant. Developed by the project land holder with the support of Tilt Renewables, applications for the scholarship are now open. You can read more at www.saltcreekscholarship.com.au


Project Details

Clean Energy

The Salt Creek Wind Farm uses 15 Vestas V126-3.6MW wind turbines and produces about 172GWh of clean energy each year. This has the potential to power more than 30,000 homes and is enough energy to meet the needs of a town more than twice the size of Warrnambool.

It will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions through clean, renewable energy ad contribute to Victoria's renewable energy ambitions and the Federal Government's 2020 Renewable Energy Target. 

Approvals

The Salt Creek Wind Farm was approved by Planning Permit PL06/304 issued by the Moyne Shire Council in May 2007 and subsequently extended in 2010, 2011 and 2014. This planning permit was amended in February 2016 to permit larger rotors and to increase generation output.

The transmission line is designed to operate at 66kV and therefore did not require a planning permit. However, planning permits were required for the removal of native vegetation associated with the construction of the transmission line. Two planning permits were applied for in 2016 (one for native vegetation within the Corangamite Shire and another within the Moyne Shire) and were granted by the Minister for Planning in early 2017.

The project did not require formal assessment under the State Environment Effects Act 1978 or the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Please find copies of the planning permits for the project below:

Now that the wind farm is operation, there are a number of ongoing compliance activities. These include environmental compliance such as bird and bat monitoring, noise compliance monitoring and visual assessments to ensure compliance with the planning permit requirements.

A copy of the Bat and Avifauna Management Plan for the project can be viewed below. 

Visual screening will be offered to dwellings within three kilometres of the wind farm site boundary that are visually impacted. Residents within this range will be contacted via mail in the next few months to offer a site visit by Tilt Renewables and a qualified landscape architect to review the impact at their property. If needed an appropriate vegetation screening plan will be developed.

Tilt Renewables is committed to open and honest dialogue with all stakeholders, with an aim to build and enhance community acceptance and trust in all projects and in the renewable energy industry as a whole.

We welcome your feedback if you have any concerns and are happy to assist with any questions you may have about the project.

We are also committed to providing financial support to the local community through community benefit programs. This includes the Salt Creek Wind Farm Lend a Hand Community Benefit Fund which is currently being established.

The program will provide funds for community projects and initiatives in the area and will be administered by an independent community group. The fund will have an initial contribution of $25,000 followed by $10,000 annually for the life of the wind farm.

We are currently looking for your feedback on the selection of an independent community group to administer the fund. Please see details below:

The fund is in addition to the Salt Creek Education Scholarship Fund which will commence in 2019.

For further information on the Salt Creek Farm please contact the project team at [email protected] or on 1800 122 823.

If you have a complaint, please contact us at [email protected] or on 1800 306 118.

You can find Tilt Renewables' Complaints Handling Procedure here.

News & Updates


Salt Creek Wind Farm, approximately 2 hours west of Melbourne (5km south of Woorndoo), opened its gates to the public on Sunday October 21st as part of the Wind Farm Open Day initiative.  A great day was had by all.  Video from Salt Creek Wind Farm open day