Approval for Yaloak South and Moorabool Wind Farms01 Nov 2010
Two wind energy facilities south of Ballan at Yaloak South and Moorabool have received conditional approval with planning permits being issued today, 1 November 2010.
The Yaloak South and Moorabool wind farm projects had been assessed concurrently to ensure consistency and the proper consideration of cumulative impact.
The applications were assessed by an independent panel and an advisory committee and their recommendations were considered before making these decisions.
The Department of Planning and Community Development approved the Moorabool wind farm project under delegation and the Governor in Council has approved the Yaloak South permit.
The Moorabool Wind Farm will comprise 107 wind turbines and have the capacity to produce up to 321 megawatts. The Minister for Planning appointed an independent planning panel to review the permit application and public hearings were held in May and June 2010.
The Yaloak South Wind Farm, which comprises 14 wind turbines and has a total capacity of 29 megawatts, was ‘called-in’ by the Minister for Planning from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and referred to an advisory committee to ensure the cumulative impacts of these two projects could be considered in a coordinated manner.