Queensland premier to decide fate of 225-MW wind project
Jun 12, 2014 - Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney will “call in” for review the planning application for an up to 225-MW wind farm in the northern part of the state.
Seeney, who is also the Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, unveiled its intention to assess the project proposal himself as early as April. Now he has informed the Mareeba Council about his decision.
The Mt Emerald project is being developed a joint venture between Port Bajool and power producer Ratch Australia Corp Ltd. It envisages the installation of up to 75 turbines of 3 MW each near the Mount Emerald and Springmount area. The project has provoked considerable opposition among the locals, receiving disapproval from about 90% of the residents, according to a survey by a local action group, cited by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Thursday.
Construction of the Mt Emerald wind park is to start immediately after consent is granted, according to the project’s website. Building works are expected to last 24 months. The equipment supplier has not been selected yet.
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