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115 turbines to dot farms for $500m wind project near Dalby

Tony Moore reports in the Brisbane Times (3.3.17) on the Palaszczuk government’s announcement that it had approved the construction of a large-scale wind farm project in the state’s western Downs region.

‘A wind farm big enough to power 240,000 homes will be built near Dalby by 2020, the Queensland government has decided.

‘In state Parliament on Thursday, State Development Minister Anthony Lynham announced the environmental impact study for the $500 million Coopers Gap wind farm proposed by AGL Energy had been approved by the Co-ordinator-General.

‘”AGL has advised it will employ local people and use local contractors from across the Wide Bay Burnett and Darling Downs wherever possible,” Dr Lynham said. “This project will contribute up to $4 million each year to the local economy.”

‘… The wind farm is a joint venture between AGL, the Queensland government’s Investment Commission – now re-branded as QIC – and the federal government’s Future Fund.

‘It is one of a number of renewable energy projects to move ahead in Queensland in the past 12 months.’

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