Wind farm info cen­tre opens

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

A NEW lo­cal in­for­ma­tion cen­tre for the Cat­tle Hill Wind Farm has opened its doors and civil works are un­der way for the 148-tur­bine devel­op­ment.

The project, be­ing de­vel­oped by Gold­wind Aus­tralia, will gen­er­ate 144MW of en­ergy to power more than 60,000 homes, in­creas­ing wind gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity in the state by al­most 50 per cent.

It’s es­ti­mated that about 150 jobs will be cre­ated dur­ing con- struc­tion of the devel­op­ment and up to 10 per­ma­nent staff when fully op­er­a­tional.

The project’s new in­for­ma­tion cen­tre at Both­wel was set up for com­mu­nity mem­bers and vis­i­tors to gain in­sight into the project.

Gold­wind com­mu­nity en­gage­ment man­ager Sunny Ruther­ford said lo­cals were en­cour­aged to visit the cen­tre.

“Com­mu­nity mem­bers are wel­come to drop into the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre and chat with com­mu­nity re­la­tions of­fi­cer Janet Monks, who will be based at the cen­tre,” Ms Ruther­ford said.

A Gov­ern­ment spokesper­son said the pro­gres­sion of the wind farm was look­ing in good shape.

“Civil works are now un­der­way at the site by Tas­ma­nia’s civil con­struc­tion busi­ness Hazel Bros and the project is pro­gress­ing well,” they said.

“The in­for­ma­tion cen­tre has been set up to han­dle any com­mu­nity in­quiries about the project, and in­for­ma­tive busi- ness in­volve­ment work­shops were held in the re­gion to keep lo­cal busi­nesses in the loop.”

Last month Gold­wind hosted a lo­cal in­dus­try brief­ing at Both­well to share fur­ther de­tails about lo­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties for the large-scale project.

The brief­ing was de­signed to iden­tify ca­pa­bil­ity and ca­pac­ity in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and max­imise op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Con­struc­tion of the wind farm is ex­pected to be fin­ished by the end of next year.

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