The proposed Guildford Wind Farm is located in a remote part of the Waratah Wynyard Council area in Tasmania’s north-west. The proposed wind farm site is located approximately 7km north east of Waratah and 15km south of Hampshire. The area is currently used for commercial forestry plantation operations and has few neighbouring properties.
Epuron is investigating an area of Surrey Hills Estate, 40km south of Burnie, which seems particularly suitable for a wind farm because:
- there is a good wind resource with monitoring being underway to confirm wind speeds
- it is close to the existing high voltage transmission network
- it is adjacent to the Ridgley and Murchison Highways for good transport access
- forestry and wind farming are compatible land uses
- it is away from populated areas, reducing the likelihood of amenity impacts.
Epuron has commenced the planning process by submitting a Notice of Intent to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Tasmania and a referral under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act) to the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE). DAWE has determined the project to be a 'controlled action', requiring inclusion of studies in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and approval under the EPBC Act before it can proceed.
The indicative project layout includes 80 wind turbines.