The Project

The Stockyard Hill Wind Farm is a proposed wind energy project located approximately 35 km west of Ballarat in Victoria’s central highlands.

The original planning application for the project submitted to the Minister for Planning in December 2009 consisted of 242 wind turbines centred around Stockyard Hill, the boundary of which extends to five kilometres south of Beaufort and approximately four kilometres north of Skipton.

In response to issues raised during the panel hearing process, a number of turbines were removed from the original proposal. On 29 October 2010, the Victorian Minister for Planning granted approval for 157 turbines at the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm and all of the associated planning permits.

The granting of the Planning Permits was a major step forward for the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm project.  Further detailed work must now be done to finalise the design and the construction plans in light of the approvals and conditions. As part of the detailed work, Origin has been in consultation with wind turbine manufacturers for the past 3-4 months. Extensive modelling completed during this period suggests that utilising the latest wind turbine technology and increasing the tip height from the already permitted 132 metres to a maximum  165 metres substantially improves the efficiency of the project.  This option is being investigated and will require an amendment of the Permit granted in October 2010. An application to amend the existing planning permit requires Origin to adhere to the Victorian Wind Farm Planning Guidelines introduced in 2011. The authority responsible for this matter is the Victorian Minister for Planning.

Origin is continuing to investigate both options for the project and will not be making a decision until further information is available.

The project is expected to deliver significant economic benefits including the creation of ongoing jobs, rates to the local government, rent to participating landowners and a community fund.

The proposed wind farm will connect to the national electricity grid via the transmission line near Lismore.

Detailed site investigations have been undertaken over the past few years including ecological, heritage, visual, noise and socio-economic, which have formed the basis of the original planning application for the project.

Site Location Plan click to enlarge

Indicative Site Layout Plan (updated) click to enlarge

  • Project news

    • Origin Energy is currently investigating  options that might result in greater project efficiency, whilst adhering to all permit condition previously granted and abiding by current wind farm planning guidelines.

      The change would require agreement from participating landowners, neighbours living within two kilometres of a proposed wind tower and approval from the State Government.

      Origin is continuing to investigate both options for the project and will not be making a decision until further information is available.