Thursday, May 30, 2024

Wellington Shire welcomes offshore wind farm progress

Wellington Shire Council has welcomed the Federal Government’s awarding of the first feasibility licenses to six offshore wind projects, advancing plans to initiate Australia’s first declared offshore wind zone off Gippsland’s coast.

Mayor, Ian Bye (pictured) said he excited for Council to work together with the newly named license holders – High Sea Wind, Gippsland Skies, Blue Mackerel North, Kut-Wut Brataualung, Ørsted Offshore Australia 1, and Star of the South Wind Farm, to secure investment that will benefit communities in Wellington and right across Gippsland.

“We look forward to the Federal Government’s support to implement the plan to enable investment and allow every resident of Gippsland to thrive both now and in the future,” said Mayor Bye.

He said Council had been at the forefront of advocating for renewable energy investment in Gippsland in order to secure the best long-term outcomes for the Wellington Shire community, businesses, and the broader Gippsland region.

Aligned with the findings of the Wellington Renewable Energy Impact and Readiness Study, Wellington Shire Council, alongside South Gippsland Shire Council and key partner, the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC), have submitted a joint grant funding application via the Federal Regional Precinct and Partnership Program.

“This initiative aims to develop a comprehensive land and infrastructure plan to ensure the region is primed for future investments. The funding application aligns with the Federal Government’s priorities and showcases a robust partnership-based approach, enjoying widespread support from regional stakeholders,” Wellington Shire Council said in a statement.

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