MOUNT EMERALD WIND FARM PROJECT MOVES FORWARD
TURBINES will soon be making their way up the Palmerston Range as the Mount Emerald Wind Farm Project progresses.
Construction of the wind farm is continuing with the fifteenth concrete tower base for wind turbines being completed last Friday out of the 53 in total to be built.
Mt Emerald Wind Farm community engagement facilitator Kim Forde spoke at yesterday’s Mareeba Chamber of Commerce meeting to give stakeholders and community members an update on the project’s progress over the past two months.
During her presentation she provided drone and helicopter footage to show the business community what is happening.
Mrs Forde said ships are starting to arrive in Cairns Port carrying the turbine nacelles (generator part) and the blades.
Once they have arrived in Cairns they will make their way to the site via the Bruce Highway towards Innisfail, then up the Palmerston Range and travel through Malanda on the B-double route.
The trucks will use Lawson Road to enter the Kennedy Highway to Hansen Rd, and then on to the site via the upgraded intersection and Kippen Drive.
The 57 metre turbine blades will be delivered to the site under the guidance of the Department of Main Roads and Transport and Queensland Police.
Mrs Forde said there has been one issue with construction over the past two months.
“We have had one complainant, about noise of the construction process,” she said.
“Although Ratch Australia is confident we are meeting all environmental and permit conditions at the site, we have undertaken additional noise monitoring and installed new monitoring stations to ensure that the concerns of neighbours are acknowledged, and we continue to comply with our commitments.”
She said a number of community briefings have been held over the past few weeks involving Tablelands Regional Council, Mareeba Lions Club, the Mareeba and Malanda Chambers of Commerce and Barron Catchment Care.
“Our next Community Consultative Committee meeting will be held in two weeks at the Walkamin Sports and Social Club,” she said.
From now until May, all of the large tower components will be delivered to Cairns Port and transported to the site.
Construction of the first tower is planned for early November. Any organisations that wish to find out more about the project are encouraged to contact the group through the Mt Emerald Wind Farm website: www.mtemeraldwindfarm.com.au to arrange a meeting.