Saturday, April 13, 2024

Wind farm to fuel Rockhampton jobs

Rockhampton Region Mayor, Tony Williams, says the proposed Boulder Creek Wind Farm will create up to 350 jobs during construction.

The state government recently granted planning consent for the project – giving a green light to the installation of 60 wind turbines and associated infrastructure on site.

The Boulder Creek Wind Farm site is located approximately 40km south–west of Rockhampton, between Mount Morgan and Westwood and is set to be the first large scale wind farm development in the Rockhampton region.

A proposed 18-24 month construction period will commence toward the end of 2022 and will create up to 350 jobs, the Mayor said.

“Almost 3% of our workforce is currently involved in the delivery of electricity, gas, water, and waste services compared to 1.1 per cent for Regional Queensland as a whole,” Mayor Williams said.

“Electricity generation has been one of the strengths in our region and will continue to do so as we transition from a fossil energy economy to a low carbon energy economy.

“The transition will deliver many benefits for the local economy and will open up new opportunities for local businesses looking to diversify and for new businesses looking to relocate to regions with renewable energy option.”

Advance Rockhampton Executive Manager, Greg Bowden said it was great to see Rockhampton on the map as a region invested in providing alternative energy options.

“Along with our focus on traditional energy sources we are also excited that the Rockhampton region can play a key role in providing renewable energy options,” Mr Bowden said.

“The development of renewable energy assets highlights the region’s crucial role in modernising Australia’s economy and putting Rocky on the radar as an attractive region to invest in”.

Epuron is set to host community information sessions for residents interested in learning more about the project in December.

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