The Rifle Butts Wind Farm is located some 20km south west of Horsham in Victoria. It is planned with a capacity of up to 13 wind turbines producing up to 40MW of renewable energy.

Position

The wind farm is located approximated 4km west of Wonwondah North, VIC 3401. It is situated to the north of Rifle Butts Road, east of Sandy Creek and to the south of Rifle Butts Road, west of OConnors Lane.

WTG Site Plan

Size

Estimated thirteen (13) wind turbines with a capacity of 3MW each =  40MW total capacity.

Towers expected to be up to 150m in height, total height being up to 235m (to the top of the blade).

 

Connection

The Wind Farm will connect into the 66kV distribution line at the corner of Wonwondah-Toolondo Road and Motts Road.

 

Studies

NewEn has been conducting wind measurements via a LIDAR unit since January 2017. After the initial results were successful a met mast of 85m in height was installed in September 2017 for more accurate wind measurement.

Ecological studies have been and continue to be undertaken (flora and fauna).

Additional studies undertaken include:

  • cultural heritage;
  • water table;
  • Geomorphic;
  • CASA, aviation;
  • visual aspect;
  • EMI, electro magnetic interference
  • noise emission; and
  • transport logistics.

 

Public Community Meeting

A public meeting was held on 9th November 2016 to inform the local community of the proposed wind farm.

A further public meeting was held on 16th January 2018 at the local Wonwondah Hall.

 

Timing

All studies necessary have been undertaken.

A Planning Permit Application was lodged on 22nd December 2017 with DELWP who will be assessing the application over the next few months.

 

Planning Permit

The Planning Permit Application has become public and can be inspected in detail at the offices of DELWP either at 110 Natimuk Road, Horsham or by making an appointment with DELWP at 8 Nicholson Street, Melbourne by ringing 03 83925545.  It is also available for public inspection at the offices of the Horsham Rural City Council at 18 Roberts Avenue, Horsham.

You can also view the application through this link: https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/aqdEHVtSpO

The application provides an opportunity for members of the public to make a submission in favour or against the proposed wind farm. The relevant contact detail is explained in the Planning and Environment Regulations 2015 – Form 2, which you can view by clicking here.

We have written a letter to government and various authorities and to the various owners and occupiers of land that is situated within 5km of the wind turbine site to advise them of the proposed development.  A template letter can be viewed by clicking here.

We have also forwarded a locality map of houses within 5km of the wind farm site.  The map can be viewed by clicking here.