June 16 2022
PRELIMINARY ROADWORKS TO COMMENCE FOR GOLDEN PLAINS WIND FARM
Local community to benefit from $5m in road and bridge upgrades
The Golden Plains Shire community stands to benefit from almost $5 million in upgrades to local roads and bridges in preparation for construction of the Golden Plains Wind Farm in Rokewood, Victoria.
The green light from investor TagEnergy to start the improvements follows a Victorian Government amendment to the Golden Plains Planning Scheme.
Works along 12km of Geggies Road and Bells Road will include culvert upgrades and wearing surface improvements, while the Ferrars Creek Bridge on Geggies Road will be replaced with a wider and stronger structure.
Golden Plains Wind Farm Management Managing Director Tobias Geiger said the entire community would benefit from significantly improved roads. The improvements will also facilitate construction of the Golden Plains Wind Farm when that development commences.
“The amendment has given us increased confidence as we kick-off this phase of ancillary roadworks and will assist our equity sponsor and wind farm operator TagEnergy to secure finance for development of the project,” he said.
Mr Geiger also paid tribute to the people of Rokewood for their commitment to, and confidence in, the project. “We thank the Rokewood community for coming out in force to support the project. This is a community that understands the environmental and economic benefits of this project as an investment for future generations. They have waited eight long years for it to come to fruition and we can’t wait to get started on construction for them.”
TagEnergy CEO Franck Woitiez added, “As a clean energy enterprise founded to accelerate the energy transition, we welcome the positive response from the Victorian Government that will help minimise delays for this landmark project. Starting this work is another important milestone towards development of this vital sustainable energy initiative.”
“Our community is relieved and excited this project is now going ahead,” said Rokewood for Windfarm community group representative Kevin Blake. “We wanted our voices heard, and I believe we’ve achieved that. From the start we have been strongly invested in this wind farm and we look forward to the jobs, investment and clean energy it will bring to Rokewood.”
Golden Plains Wind Farm Management Pty Ltd has engaged MPC Kinetic to undertake the ancillary road upgrade work in readiness for construction of the $3 billion wind farm. Work will begin in late June to establish temporary amenities facilities for crews.
Once complete, the Golden Plains Wind Farm will be the largest in the southern hemisphere, providing sustainable energy for more than 750,000 homes – the equivalent of every home in regional Victoria.