Queensland approves first large-scale wind farm

Windfarm

The Emerald Wind Farm was given state government approval.

By Emma Brown

April 30, 2015

THE Queensland Government has approved a proposed 225-megawatt wind farm in the state’s Far North following years of delays and local opposition.

The Mt Emerald wind farm was granted with strict conditions, to address community concerns including noise, traffic and environmental issues.

Deputy Premier and Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning minister Jackie Trad said the state’s first large-scale wind farm could power 75,000 homes a year for 20 years and would help secure Far North Queensland’s energy future.

“Our government promised to grow the renewable energy industry across the state and this project is aligned with the Far North Queensland Regional Plan 2009 – 2031 objective,” Ms Trad said in a statement.

The department conducted a comprehensive assessment of the development application and consulted with a number of government agencies and independent advisers on community-raised issues, she said.

The project will create about 200 construction jobs and ongoing employment for up to 15 local workers.

Mt Emerald wind farm is still subject to federal environmental approval.