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Projects’ future based on study

Pre-feasibility studies are being done on proposed wind farms at Stockyard Hill and Tuki.

The studies include assessing wind data and environmental studies, with some results expected in weeks.

Wind farm company Wind Power has been working on its Stockyard Hill proposal for more than a year, where more than 150 turbines are being slated for construction.

In August last year, the company said if successful, the $700 million project would become one of Australia’s largest wind-farm developments.

The company is currently assessing the wind farm’s impact on the brolga, a native bird.

Wind Power is working with the Department of Sustainability and Environment to accommodate the brolga, with study results expected soon.

The company will also hold one-on-one meetings with people in Beaufort and Skipton next week.

Wind Power community consultant and engineer Ross Richards said at previous meetings, there had been good support for the proposal.

The next step will see Wind Power lodging a referral with the planning minister, to see if the project requires an environmental effects statement, which will mean a greater depth of studies done.

Engineers are also assessing wind data measured at the proposed Tuki Wind Farm site, with these results expected in weeks.

Mr Richards said the company was awaiting a decision on the data before it could proceed with the project.

The Courier

5 May 2008