The land around Lotus Creek has farmed cattle for generations. The Lotus Creek Wind Farm represents an opportunity for a new economic activity in the region that is complementary to cattle farming. The project proposes to produce clean and low cost electricity using the consistent winds in the nearby ranges, whilst allowing cattle farming to continue for future generations .
The Lotus Creek Wind Farm is located 20km west of St Lawrence in central Queensland. The site has strong winds, access to high voltage transmission lines and good road access with few neighbouring properties. Wind monitoring has shown a very promising wind resource, with wind speeds strongest overnight when solar farm generators are not operating, showing a potential to provide a valuable contribution to Queensland’s generation mix and support a large input of clean renewable energy into the network.
Epuron is proposing a layout design of 55 wind turbines, and to connect the project via a new substation to the on-site 275,000 volt Nebo to Broadsound powerlines owned and operated by Powerlink.
Key considerations for project planning include a focus on the ecological values at the site, the careful management of key flora and fauna habitats, and working with the Traditional Custodians to ensure respect to traditional values and culture.
Epuron is continuing to engage with the local community and key stakeholders to seek input during the planning process, and establishing the appropriate Cultural Heritage Management Plans and Indigenous Land Use Agreements with the site's Traditional Custodians, the Barada Barna People and the Barada Kabalbara Yetimarala People.
Grid connection studies and planning studies are well advanced, with particular focus on ecology studies.
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has also determined the project to be a 'controlled action' so it will also require assessment and approval under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) before it can proceed.
Epuron is engaging with the broader community to seek input during the project development process. To date this has involved presentations and meetings with various stakeholders including Council and members of the local community.
Epuron also recognises the continuing connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to their land and acknowledges that the project area is Barada Barna People and Barada Kabalbara Yetimarala People country. In undertaking project activities Epuron continues to work with the Traditional Custodians to ensure respect to traditional values and culture are upheld.
We are keen to engage widely with the local community to understand any concerns and where possible to shape the project to provide the greatest benefit. If you have any questions or wish to contribute your views please complete the project feedback form or email the project team. You can also register to receive the project's email newsletter.