Planning Applications Summary

To gain approval to build the Delburn wind farm the project requires planning permits under the provisions of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

The Minister for Planning is the responsible authority for assessing and determining if a planning permit should be issued for Renewable Energy Facilities with an installed capacity of 1 megawatt or greater and for Utility Installations used to store, transmit or distribute electricity generated by a renewable energy facility with an installed capacity of 1 megawatt or greater.

The Project will consist of the following components:

  • 33 wind turbines with a maximum height of 250 metres above foundation level (to the blade tip), a maximum rotor diameter of 180 metres, a lower tip sweep of not less than 40 metres above foundation level and adjacent hard stand areas;
  • three permanent anemometers (or wind monitoring masts) and one ‘development’ anemometer;
  • an operations and maintenance building;
  • a battery energy storage system facility (50 MW, 200 MWh in capacity);
  • approximately 41 kilometres of site access tracks comprising 30 kilometres of existing forestry access tracks to be upgraded and 11 kilometres of new tracks;
  • approximately 120 kilometres of underground 33 kV electrical reticulation and fibre optic cabling connecting the wind turbines to the substation;
  • two visitor information and viewing areas for passing traffic to park and view the turbines;
  • major upgrade to one intersection off the Strzelecki Highway (Creamery Rd);
  • minor upgrades to approximately 4.5 kilometres of local roads, including minor hard standing at two intersections off the Strzelecki Highway (Golden Gully Rd, Smiths Rd);
  • business identification signage; and
  • 12.344 hectares of native vegetation clearance.

As the project straddles three municipal council areas; Latrobe, Baw Baw and South Gippsland, three separate planning permits are required for the development of a Wind Energy Facility.  The planning permit application report for the Delburn Wind Farm addresses the requirements of all three permit applications in a single document.

The geographic breakdown the works required for the Wind Energy Facility is set out below:

Latrobe (PA2001063)

  • 28 wind turbines;
  • operations and maintenance facility;
  • visitor information areas;
  • temporary construction compounds;
  • temporary concrete batching plants;
  • access tracks (both upgrades to existing tracks and new tracks);
  • underground cabling between turbines;
  • battery energy storage system facility;
  • two anemometers of which one is intended to be permanent;
  • one major and two minor intersection upgrades and local road upgrades;
  • business identification signage; and
  • 10.591 hectares of native vegetation clearance.

South Gippsland (PA2001066)

  • four wind turbines;
  • access tracks (both upgrades to existing tracks and new tracks);
  • underground cabling between turbines;
  • one permanent anemometer; and
  • 1.670 hectares of native vegetation clearance.

Baw Baw (PA2001064)

  • one wind turbine;
  • access tracks (both upgrades to existing tracks and new tracks);
  • underground cabling between turbines;
  • one permanent anemometer; and
  • 0.083 of hectares native vegetation clearance.

A fourth permit is required for a Utility Facility (the terminal station) to allow connection to the Hazelwood to Rowville 220 kV line at the northern end of the site located in Latrobe.  Two alternative sites for the terminal station, located immediately to the east and west of Varys Track, have been proposed.

Latrobe (PA2001065)

  • transmission line tie in works;
  • 220 kV switchyard;
  • 33/220 kV substation;
  • local road upgrades; and
  • up to 1.657 of hectares native vegetation clearance.

Planning permit triggers under each of the relevant planning permit applications and planning schemes is as follows.

Latrobe Planning Scheme (PA2001063)

  • Use of a Wind Energy Facility pursuant to Clause 35.07-1 (FZ1), Clause 37.01-1(SUZ1) and Clause 36.04-1 (RDZ1);
  • Buildings and works pursuant to Clause 35.07-4 (FZ1), Clause 37.01-4 (SUZ1), Clause 36.04-2 (RDZ1) and Clause 43.02-2 (DDO1);
  • Use and development of a Wind Energy Facility pursuant to Clause 52.32;
  • Removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation, including dead native vegetation, pursuant to Clause 52.17;
  • Creation and/or alteration of access to a road in a Road Zone, Category 1, pursuant to Clause 52.29;
  • Display of Business identification signage pursuant to Clause 52.05.

South Gippsland Planning Scheme (PA2001066)

  • Use of a Wind Energy Facility pursuant to Clause 35.07-1 (FZ) and RDZ1 (Clause 36.04-1);
  • Buildings and works pursuant to Clause 35.07-4 (FZ), Clause 36.04-2 (RDZ1) and Clause 42.01-2 (ESO5);
  • Use and development of a Wind Energy Facility pursuant to Clause 52.32;
  • Remove, destroy or lop native vegetation including dead vegetation, pursuant to Clauses 42.01-2 (ESO5) and Clause 52.17;
  • Creation and/or alteration of access to a road in a Road Zone, Category 1, pursuant to Clause 52.29.

Baw Baw Planning Scheme (PA2001064)

  • Use of a Wind Energy Facility pursuant to Clause 35.07-1 (FZ);
  • Buildings and works pursuant to Clause 35.07-4 (FZ) and Clause 44.01-2 (EMO);
  • Use and development of a Wind Energy Facility pursuant to Clause 52.32;
  • Remove, destroy or lop native vegetation, including dead vegetation pursuant to Clause 44.01-3 (EMO) and Clause 52.17;

Latrobe Planning Scheme (PA2001065)

  • Buildings and works associated with the terminal station (utility installation), Clause 37.01-4 (SUZ1);
  • Removal of native vegetation, pursuant to Clause 52.17;
  • Display of business identification signage pursuant to Clause 52.05.

More Information

Detailed Planning Permit Applications

To view the detailed planning permit applications for the Wind Energy Facility and Terminal Station associated with the Delburn Wind Farm, view the following links: