The Queensland Government is assessing public comment on a proposed $500 million wind farm at Coopers Gap near Kingaroy, about 200 kilometres north west of Brisbane.

Consultation on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project closed on 7 November.

The public was invited to make a submission on whether the draft EIS for the Coopers Gap wind farm adequately addressed the project’s terms of reference, including its potential environmental impacts and the effectiveness of measures the proponent put forward to manage the impacts.
The project was declared a co-ordinated project in June 2016.

Queensland’s Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Anthony Lynham, said consultation was an important part of the EIS process.

“AGL Energy Limited proposes to build and operate a wind farm that could potentially supply power to an estimated 236,000 households from its installed capacity of up to 460 megawatts (MW) and up to 115 wind turbines.

“The project could create up to 350 construction jobs and ongoing employment for up to 20 people in the region,” Dr Lynham said.

Energy Minister, Mark Bailey, said the wind farm consultation followed confirmation of ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency) support for six large-scale solar farms and an Ergon power purchase agreement for the 170MW Mount Emerald wind farm in far north Queensland.

“Combined, these projects would support more than 1,000 construction jobs in large-scale renewables,” Mr Bailey said.

“We promised to establish a large-scale renewable energy industry in Queensland, to act on climate change while creating new jobs and diversifying our economy, and we are doing just that.”