June 10, 2016
Local residents will have their first chance to have a say on the proposed $500 million wind farm at Coopers Gap near Kingaroy from Saturday (June 11).
Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said comment would open on draft terms of reference for the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS).
“Consultation is a very important part of the EIS and I encourage people to take a look at terms of reference and have their say,” Dr Lynham said.
“There’ll be more opportunity down the track as well to comment on the EIS once it’s submitted to the independent Co-ordinator-General.”
AGL Energy Limited proposes to build and operate a 350MW wind farm that could potentially supply power to an estimated 180,000 households using up to 115 wind turbines.
The project could create up to 350 construction jobs and ongoing employment for up to 20 people in the region.
The wind farm proposal was declared a co-ordinated project earlier this week.
Terms of reference are available online and in local libraries.
The period for public comment will close on July 11.