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Golden Plains Wind Farm Update

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Monday, 24 August 2020 - 10:00am
Economic Development
Golden Plains Shire Council Wind Farm

In a media release on 20 August 2020, WestWind Energy announced that the Court of Appeal – Supreme Court of Victoria handed down its decision in relation to the Golden Plains Wind Farm on 20 August 2020.

From the WestWind Energy media release titled “Full Steam Ahead for Golden Plains Wind Farm”:

The case to the Supreme Court against the Minister for Planning that challenged the decision on the Golden Plains Wind Farm was unsuccessful. This means the development permission granted by the Minister for development of the Wind Farm stands.

The Golden Plains Wind Farm is set to commence construction next year at Rokewood, south of Ballarat, following the Appeal Court judgement.

WestWind Energy Australia Managing Director Tobias Geiger said the decision was well received and allows the team to progress the development of the largest wind farm in Victoria.

“Initiated by local landholders and with strong community support, the Golden Plains wind farm will produce more than 1 GW of clean, renewable electricity,” Mr Geiger said. “That’s enough electricity to power more than 500,000 homes!”

The Golden Plains project has been in development for more than eight years and will bring hundreds of jobs to regional Victoria and a substantial demand for goods and services that will benefit the wider community.

“As a locally-based developer, WestWind Energy is committed to bringing substantial community benefits to the region, not just during the five plus years of construction, but well into the future.” Mr Geiger said.

“A community reference group, made up of local people, was established to ensure the local community benefits from the wind farm, even before construction begins.”

The project is expected to commence construction in 2021.

For more information on the Golden Plains Wind Farm, visit

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Golden Plains Shire spans the Traditional lands of the Wadawurrung and Eastern Maar people. Council acknowledges them as the traditional Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders and Eastern Maar Elders past, present and emerging. Council extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ppeople who are part of Golden Plains Shire.