Planning & Approvals
Under Victorian law a planning permit is required to construct a wind energy facility and, depending on the location and impacts of the proposal, approval may also be required from the Commonwealth Government.
There are many specific requirements that must be met before the government will approve the construction of a wind farm, and OSMI is designing the project to not only meet those requirements, but exceed those requirements where possible.
OSMI is committed to maintaining open and transparent communication about all aspects of planning process for the Delburn Wind Farm. This includes publishing all application documents materials when they are submitted to the Approval Authorities:
The Minister for Planning, Hon Mr Richard Wynne MP issued four planning permits for the Delburn Wind Farm on 27 March 2022.
Specifically he approved for the Wind Energy Facility
- Permit Application PA2001063: Latrobe Planning Scheme, without the battery energy storge system
- Permit Application PA2001064: Baw Baw Planning Scheme
- Permit Application PA2001066: South Gippsland Planning Scheme and for the Terminal Station
- Permit Application PA2001065: Latrobe Planning Scheme
The approval is for the construction of 33 Turbines and associated terminal station within the HVP Thorpdale Tree Farm. The Minister did not approve the construction of the Battery Energy Storage System, on the recommendation of the Panel that found that the information provided about the siting and fire-safety measures for the BESS was inadequate for it to recommend in favour of it at this stage.
In issuing the approval, Minister Wynne also approved the release of the Panel Report.
All documents are published on the DELWP website.
The panel hearing for the Delburn Wind Farm ran from Monday 18th October 2021 to Friday 5th November via Zoom. Further information is available on the DELWP website here.
Expert Witness Statements
Each expert to be called on during proceedings must provide an Expert Witness Statement for viewing by all parties prior to the hearing. The Delburn Wind Farm Expert Witness Statements are provided below (click each Statement to view a copy of the document):
- Expert Witness Statements (EWS) – Aviation
- Expert Witness Statements (EWS) – Blade Throw
- Expert Witness Statements (EWS) – Driver Distraction
- Expert Witness Statements (EWS) – Ecology
- Expert Witness Statements (EWS) – Fire
- Expert Witness Statements (EWS) – Landscape
- Expert Witness Statements (EWS) – Noise
Delburn Wind Farm Planning Permit Applications
Overview of Planning Applications
Separate planning permit applications are required for the Delburn Wind Farm and associated Terminal Station. Gain an overview of the key information, documents and maps associated with these planning permit applications.
Wind Energy Facility Application
The Delburn Wind Farm Project requires a Planning Permit pursuant to the provisions of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (P&E Act) within the Latrobe, South Gippsland and Baw Baw Planning Schemes.
Terminal Station Application
The Terminal Station associated with the Delburn Wind Farm Project requires a Planning Permit pursuant to the provisions of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (P&E Act) within the Latrobe, South Gippsland and Baw Baw Planning Schemes.
OSMI is committed to maintaining open and transparent communication about all aspects of planning process for the Delburn Wind Farm. This includes:
Closed for Comment
Submissions on the Delburn Wind Farm Planning Application were accepted between 21 July and 18 August 2021.
OSMI Australia Pty Ltd submitted its applications for approval to build the Delburn Wind Farm to the Minister for Planning in December 2020. The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) has now required OSMI to formally advise the community of these applications. Submissions could be made by visiting the DELWP website or sending an email to email@example.com.