Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Job-generating Wide Bay wind farm proposal gaining momentum

Wind farm

9 January, 2020 –

The Palaszczuk Government’s renewable revolution continues with the proposal of the Forest Wind project between Maryborough and Gympie.

This 1200MW proposed wind farm could power up to 550,000 Queensland homes – enough power for all homes across the Wide Bay-Burnett, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast combined, or the entire Brisbane City Council area.

It would be one of the largest wind farms in the Southern Hemisphere and could increase Queensland’s installed power generation capacity by approximately nine per cent.

This project would also support around 440 construction jobs and up to 50 operational roles in the long-term.

The proposed wind farm would be located within state forest land between Gympie and Maryborough. It would co-exist with established southern pine timber plantations that support our forestry industry.

Forest Wind Holdings, a joint venture between Queensland-based renewables firm CleanSight and Siemens Financial Services, has proposed to locate up to 226 wind turbines across the sites.

The plantations are owned and managed by HQPlantations on land under licence from the state.

The project will now move into the detailed assessment stage, which will also include the assessment of its development application.

While there is still much work to be done before Forest Wind becomes a reality, our government recognises the significance of this project.

We’re pushing ahead to transform the state’s energy network and achieve 50 per cent renewables by 2030.

We’ll keep working with Forest Wind Holdings and key stakeholders to facilitate the long-term access and operation of the wind farm, and to maximise the value of this land.

Over the coming months, Forest Wind will negotiate land use and cultural heritage with the Native Title parties, the Butchulla and Kabi Kabi First Nations people, and consult with local communities and businesses.