The proposed Woolsthorpe wind farm project is located in the South Western District of Victoria about 16km north of Warrnambool. The project site consists of a single 750 ha farm about 2km west of the township of Woolsthorpe.
An anemometry mast was erected in July 2002 and wind data continues to be collected and assessed to determine the suitability of the site for a wind farm. Up to 20 wind turbines are proposed for the Woolsthorpe site.
Numerous technical and environmental studies of the proposed project site have been conducted. Native Flora and Fauna Studies supported an application to the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH) under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act in December, 2004. DEH decided in January 2005 that the Woolsthorpe Wind Farm project was not a 'controlled action' meaning that the proposed project was deemed not to have significant impact on matters of national environmental significance protected under the EPBC Act.
A Community Open Day was held in June 2005. Photographic and other informative displays provided the community with information about the proposed project and opportunity to ask questions of the Woolsthorpe project team. The majority of the approximately 60 attendees expressed support for the proposed project.
Following further comprehensive environmental, visual and technical studies, a Planning Application was submitted to the Minister for Planning in October 2006, following a Panel Hearing was held in the second half of 2007. The project was approved by the Minister in April 2008.
Development Plans as required by the Planning Permit conditions were extensively consulted on and submitted to the Minister of Planning at the end of 2011. These were approved by the Ministers delegate in March 2012 and preliminary construction work commenced immediately thereafter.