Wind farm info centre opens
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.