Gippslanders are invited to have a say on offshore wind farm

A wind farm off the German North Sea coast.

GIPPSLANDERS are being asked to have their say on a proposed 2000 megawatt offshore wind farm at a community forum run by Star of the South to be held locally next month.
Locals can hear a presentation on the project’s update, talk with the team and share feedback to help shape Star of the South’s ongoing development.
Star of the South is entering the next phase of its detailed environmental assessments, with 25 technical reports to be prepared during the next two years.
The reports will cover environmental, visual, social, business, transport, agriculture and fisheries issues.
Star of the South is seeking local knowledge and feedback to help shape its technical reports.
Locals are being asked to share their favourite sightseeing spots as part of project’s visual assessment, to consider different viewpoints looking towards the wind farm at sea.
The viewpoints will help Star of the South understand any visual impacts from various locations to help inform a concept design.
Star of the South chief development officer Erin Coldham encouraged people to help shape the project’s environmental assessments and development.
“We’re keen to hear from locals and visitors about their favourite sightseeing and special locations in Gippsland to inform an assessment of what the offshore wind farm could look like from different viewpoints on land,” Ms Coldham said.
“It’s exciting to see momentum growing for offshore wind in Australia and we’re proud to be progressing Star of the South in Gippsland, the home of Victoria’s power generation.”
Star of the South is also working with landholders on an underground transmission route from Reeves Beach through Giffard West to plug into either Loy Yang or Hazelwood.
If built to its full capacity, Star of the South could create thousands of jobs including up to 750 construction jobs and 200 ongoing jobs in Gippsland.
Several consultation sessions are planned in Gippsland — at Port Welshpool, Woodside, Morwell, Yarram, Longford and Leongatha.
Longford’s consultation session will be held on Tuesday, September 7, from 5pm to 7pm at the Longford Hall, if COVID restrictions allow.
A webinar session will be held on Thursday, September 2, from 5pm to 6pm.
For more information and to register for sessions, visit getinvolved.starofthesouth.com.au or phone 1800 340 340.