Wind farm road­work

Cat­tle Hill in Cen­tral High­lands up­grades

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

TEN mil­lion dol­lars worth of road up­grades will al­low for the de­liv­ery of wind tur­bines at Gold­wind’s Cat­tle Hill Wind Farm in the Cen­tral High­lands.

The pro­po­nent has ap­pointed Launce­s­ton com­pany Gradco to un­der­take road up­grades for the 48-tur­bine project.

Con­struc­tion of the 48-tur­bine project be­gan re­cently, with the project aim­ing to be fully op­er­a­tional in 2019.

The project is ex­pected to have up to 150 jobs on site dur­ing con­struc­tion peaks.

The project will also pro­vide sec­ondary lo­cal in­dus­try par­tic­i­pa­tion through ac­com­mo­da­tion, con­struc­tion sup­port ser­vices and con­sum­ables.

Once op­er­a­tional, the project is ex­pected to em­ploy up to 10 per­ma­nent staff and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for on­go­ing sup­ply and ser­vice con­tracts.

Gold­wind project man­ager Ro­nan Cree­don said Gradco would soon start works in the Cen­tral High­lands be­tween the Mid­land Highway and the project site at Lake Echo.

“Up­grades to the ex­ist­ing roads will in­clude works such as re­align­ments, shoul­der widen­ing, em­bank­ment ad­just­ments, cause­way and bridge up­grades and in­stal­la­tion of safety fur­ni­ture,” Mr Cree­don said.

“The works are re­quired to al­low for the de­liv­ery of overdi­men­sional loads of tower com­po­nents, na­celles, tur­bine blades, main power trans­former and as­so­ci­ated equip­ment to the project site. The works will ramp up shortly and con­tinue into the new year.”

Cen­tral High­lands Mayor Lou Trif­fitt said the project was al­ready pro­vid­ing a huge boost for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“A num­ber of peo­ple have found work as a re­sult of the project,” she said. “It’s proven to cre­ate em­ploy­ment for our res­i­dents. Things ap­pear to be go­ing very well.”

A wind farm in­for­ma­tion cen­tre was opened last month and a lo­cal in­dus­try brief­ing was held to keep lo­cal busi­nesses in the loop

En­ergy Min­is­ter Guy Bar­nett said the State Gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to its goal of es­tab­lish­ing a fully self-suf­fi­cient Tas­ma­nia.

“The Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Tas­ma­nia-First En­ergy pol­icy has an am­bi­tious tar­get of Tas­ma­nia be­com­ing fully self-suf­fi­cient with re­new­able en­ergy by 2022, and achiev­ing the low­est reg­u­lated prices in the same time frame,” Mr Bar­nett said.

“This project takes Tas­ma­nia one step closer to achiev­ing those goals and im­prov­ing the lives of all Tas­ma­ni­ans who will en­joy lower power prices.”

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