A new $100m wind farm in southport could collapse if it does not undergo major maintenance.
Key points:The new $40m windfarm will be built in a small village near Port ArthurThe proposed wind farm has been in the planning stage for over a yearThe new wind farm is being developed on land that was originally developed to build a shopping mallA State Government official said it was unlikely the wind farm would collapse in time for the opening of the Tasmanian summer holiday season.
The Tasmanian Government said it wanted to move quickly to finalise the construction and maintenance of the $40 million windfarm in Southport.
The $40.8 million project is expected to be completed in two years.
The State Government said the project had been in planning stage since November last year and was expected to open for public use by the end of 2018.
“We will have a much better idea of the weather forecast in the coming weeks as we finalise some of the details, but the construction site is still in the final stages,” Tasmania’s Minister for Natural Resources, David Gillespie, said.
The development would be located in a remote village about 20 kilometres south of Port Arthur, a community of about 300 people.
The village is about an hour’s drive from the Port Arthur town centre.
“It’s very remote, it’s really remote and it’s not really connected to any other developments,” Mr Gillespie said.
“I’m confident that we can have a successful project here and I hope the community will support that.”‘
Very, very difficult’ for wind farm contractorThe State’s Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Greg O’Connor, said the development had been a very, very tough project for a wind farm developer.
“The cost of doing a project like this is enormous and we know that for all those involved in this project, it has been very, many months,” he said.”[But] the wind farms are a very important part of the landscape in South Port and the community has been supportive.”
If we don’t get it right, then we will have very, likely, a very difficult project.
“The wind farm project has been proposed for land in the small village of Pineview near Port Avalon, about 30 kilometres north of the town.
The proposed site is part of a $80 million development of the Southport town centre that is part-funded by the Federal Government.
The project is the second phase of a larger $100 billion project to redevelop Port Arthur and Port Douglas.
The planned site of the new windfarm has been developed on a small plot of land previously developed for a shopping centre and has been assessed for potential to withstand the wind.
Mr O’Brien said there was no indication the site could collapse under the wind, but there was “strong concern” that it would.”
There’s a risk that the site will collapse and there’s a significant risk that there will be a loss of life, and that’s something that we’ve been working on in the context of this project,” he told ABC Radio Tasmania.”
But we have a very high level of confidence that the community support the project and that it will be delivered on schedule.
“Mr OB said the state had taken steps to ensure the community’s safety and welfare was not compromised.”
This is a very sensitive project, a project that has been approved for planning and it needs to be considered as a large undertaking and there are very, well, strong steps that need to be taken in the community,” he added.”
That includes an active safety and security operation that’s been in place and there have been a lot of safety measures in place.
“The State and Federal Government will hold a joint press conference on Wednesday morning at 6:30am.