IF THE names associated with the latest giant wind farm project, spanning South Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley shires, the Delburn Wind Farm, sound familiar it’s hardly surprising.
The representatives of the firm behind the $1/2 billion, 53-turbine development, OSMI Australia Pty Ltd, project developer Peter Marriott and OSMI director Stephen Buckle, became acquainted during the formative stages of the Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower-Walkerville.
Peter is the son of one of the landowners who hosted several of the Bald Hills Turbines, Lindsay Marriott, while Stephen Buckle was a key figure in the development of the project all those years ago.
The Delburn project may only be in its infancy but the firm is starting to make progress, recently briefing councils at Latrobe City (43 turbines), Baw Baw Shire (3) and South Gippsland Shire (5) ahead of appointing a local engagement officer and opening a shop front in Boolarra in the next few weeks.
Peter Marriott, who has made a career in the renewable energy industry since being first exposed to it at Tarwin Lower says a lot has changed in the industry since then.
“A feature of our project will be the community benefit and also the opportunity to share with neighbours,” said Mr Marriott.
“Those living in a 2km radius of the project will certainly see them and we believe there is a case for them to share in project without actually having turbines on their property.
“We’ll be one of the only projects looking at this sort of arrangement,” he said.
Landowners and others directly affected by the project were invited to a public meeting at the Mirboo North Recreation Reserve last Tuesday night with 100 “invited” guests in attendance. No one from the Delburn Wind Farm Pty Ltd was asked to present.
Organiser of the meeting, Anne Marie Dieperink, said the purpose of the meeting was for local landowners and other interested people to get together to exchange information and possibly to form a group, although this had not been finalised.
“We’ll have more to say as time goes on,” Mrs Dieperink said.
The proposed wind farm, which will be exclusively developed in Hancock Victorian Plantations (HPV) pine plantation land will cover an area from Daliamurla to Hernes Oak and will be clearly visible on both sides of the Strzelecki Highway north of Mirboo North.
At 250 metres in height, they are far taller than the Bald Hills turbines which are approximately 180 metres from base to turbine tip. The Delburn turbines will be taller than the Yallourn W Power Station smoke stacks.