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$350 million wind farm plans for Collector  

Credit:  Joanna Woodburn | 666 ABC Canberra | www.abc.net.au 31 July 2012 ~~

Plans for a $350 million wind farm in the state’s southern tablelands have been unveiled.

The company, RATCH Australia, wants to build 68 turbines near Collector south west of Goulburn.

It took over the project from its previous owner Transfield Services last July.

A revised application was lodged with the Department of Planning and an environmental assessment is now on public display.

The EA cites the demand for energy in regional New South Wales as one of the key drivers of the project.

It says wind energy is expected to ‘contribute significantly’ to meet future capacity.

The EA also states the wind farm is in a strategic corridor between Sydney and Canberra and can tap into the economies of Wollongong and Port Kembla.

The assessment also describes the proposed location as ‘very suitable’ in harnessing the district’s ‘excellent wind source’.

It says the wind farm can coexist with pastoral farming in the area and is not expected to encroach on local residents and will avoid areas of ecological and heritage significance.

It is one of four wind farms proposed for the district, with three others planned in the Boorowa region.

Submissions are open until September the 24th.

Source:  Joanna Woodburn | 666 ABC Canberra | www.abc.net.au 31 July 2012

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