A planning application for the Murra Warra wind farm should be on display in the near future. RES Australia hopes a planning application for a Wimmera wind farm will be available for public comment in the near future.
Murra Warra wind farm project manager Kevin Garthwaite said the company had lodge the planning application with the state government earlier this week.
“When the minister is happy with it, it will go out for public exhibition and the planning department will issue a public notice,”he said.
“The community will then have an opportunity to comment formally on the application.”
The proposed wind farm will sit about 15 kilometres south of Warracknabeal, between Yarriambiack and Horsham Rural City municipalities.
The project is set to have 116turbines on 4250 hectares of land.
Each turbine will be 220 metres high.
Res Energy hosted a number of community meetings about the proposed wind farm earlier this year.
“What we presented at the exhibitions in February is pretty much the same as our planning application –the project hasn’t changed,” Mr Garthwaite said.
“We are pleased to get to this stage, it’s a big milestone for us.
“Hopefully we get through planning without any hitches and we can move on to the next stage, which will be preparing contracts and finances.”
Yarriambiack Mayor Ray Kingston said it was positive to see the project moving along.
“It has to be a good sign that Res Australia is running to their timeline,” he said.
“They told us about a year ago they would lodge the application around this time, and they have, which is positive.
“A lot of work has been put into this project and hopefully we see some action at the site within the next few years.”
Cr Andrew McLean said he hoped the proposal would be given the all clear to go ahead.
“It’s good to see process being made,” he said.
The state government ruled last month that the project would not require an environmental effects statement.
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