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 location has been chosen because there is a strong wind resource, high voltage transmission lines and good road access with few neighbouring properties.
Epuron is proposing an 81 wind turbine layout stretching some 25km north to south. The project will connect via a new substation to the on-site 275,000 volt Nebo to Broadsound powerlines owned and operated by Powerlink.
Wind speeds at the site are strongest overnight, when the large solar farm generators are not operating, allowing this project to provide a valuable contribution to Queensland’s generation mix and supporting a large input of clean renewable energy into the network.
Key consideration of the project focuses on the ecological values at the site, and the careful management of key flora and fauna habitats.
Wind monitoring is underway on site and demonstrates a very promising wind energy resource. Further assessment continues to refine our understanding of long term wind flows across the site.
Epuron is continuing to engage with the local community to seek input to the planning and development process. Planning and grid connection studies are well advanced, with the specialist studies required for environmental impact assessments progressing well. This includes detailed bird surveys as well as assessment of other impacts including noise, visual impacts and potential traffic assessments.
The project has developed to the point where Epuron is now submitting a Development Application under State Code 23 to the Queensland Department of State Development Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP). Epuron has also referred the project to the Department of the Environment under the Federal government's Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) legislation.
Epuron is engaging with the broader community and to seek input to the project development process. So far this has included presentations to Council and other stakeholders, as well as a number of meetings with community members.
We are keen to engage with the community widely to understand the benefits and impacts seen by the community, and where possible to shape the project to provide the greatest benefit.
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