Wind farm blow­ing in to CQ town

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Rural Weekly -

QUEENS­LAND is host­ing wind farms at a rate of knots, with the Gov­ern­ment pro­vid­ing de­vel­op­ment ap­proval for up to 195 wind tur­bines at Clarke Creek, 150km north­west of Rock­hamp­ton.

Min­is­ter for State De­vel­op­ment Cameron Dick said the $1 bil­lion La­cour En­ergy wind farm project would in­volve ap­prox­i­mately

350 jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion. “In ad­di­tion to build­ing the tur­bines, as­so­ci­ated in­fra­struc­ture will in­clude sub­sta­tions, tem­po­rary work­ers ac­com­mo­da­tion, staff and op­er­a­tional fa­cil­i­ties and pow­er­lines,” Mr Dick said.

“This means jobs for the re­gion over the project’s

36-month con­struc­tion pe­riod and more clean en­ergy that our state can tap into.”

En­ergy Min­is­ter Dr An­thony Lyn­ham said the new wind farm was part of the state’s

$20 bil­lion pipe­line of en­ergy projects – with projects worth al­most $4.5 bil­lion un­der way or fi­nan­cially com­mit­ted.

“Queens­land is fo­cused on reach­ing its 50 per cent re­new­able en­ergy tar­get by

2030,” he said. “La­cour En­ergy has worked closely with the depart­ment to as­sess acous­tic im­pacts of the wind farm as well as im­pacts on fauna and veg­e­ta­tion.”

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