Consultation opens for Bunbury offshore wind zone in WA

Offshore wind farm against beautiful orange sunset (bunbury)
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Consultation kicks off today on the proposed Bunbury offshore wind zone, 20km off the coast of Western Australia, potentially unlocking thousands of renewable energy jobs and cleaner, cheaper energy for the resources-heavy state.

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The Commonwealth is seeking feedback on a proposed area, which is 7,674 square kilometres and at least 20km from shore at its closest point off Cape Naturaliste and Bunbury and 36km from Busselton.

The proposed Bunbury zone is an ideal location for offshore electricity generation because of the high speed winds in the Indian Ocean, its proximity to large energy users and could enable up to 20GW of offshore wind to be developed.

Submissions on the proposed area can be made from today until 3 May 2024, with community information sessions held from 19-21 March 2024 for community members to ask questions and provide feedback on the zone.

Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said harnessing offshore wind would unlock new job opportunities across Western Australia, while providing much needed energy security.

“Offshore wind will be a critical new clean energy industry for Western Australians as electricity demand increases, helping to provide thousands of jobs along the way.

“The Albanese Government is committed to genuine consultation on offshore wind—that’s why we want communities, industry and businesses to have their say on an offshore wind area off WA from the very beginning.

“We encourage everyone to put in a submission and attend a community consultation session.”

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Click here for more information on the proposed Bunbury offshore wind area public consultation.

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