$670m wind farm gets green light

After a seven-year delay, the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) has given the go-ahead to Epuron Project’s $670m wind power project across the Harden and Yass Valley shires in southern NSW, according to ABC News.

Despite getting the go-ahead, the project will be approximately one-third of the size originally proposed back in 2009. The new scale of the project reduced the amount of native vegetation to be cleared from 226ha to 83ha, the report stated.

While Epuron’s original proposal was for 152 turbines, PAC found the western ‘Coppabella Precinct’ containing 79 turbines would have the least impact on the environment and could be effectively managed to achieve acceptable outcomes for the local community, ABC News reported.

PAC’s report said concerns about the farm’s impact on local radar systems and airstrips had been addressed and Air Services Australia was satisfied.

According to the report, the wind farm will be subject to 75 conditions of consent and is expected to create 167 construction jobs and 34 full-time operational jobs.