Planning and Environment
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.
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 is offered to dwellings within three kilometres of the wind farm site boundary that are visually impacted. Residents within this range have been contacted via mail and were offered 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 was developed.