200 jobs in West Coast wind farm

ABOUT 200 construction jobs will flow from a West Coast wind farm that looks likely to go ahead.

The Westcoast Wind proposal, for private land near Granville Harbour, has been ticked off by the state's environment watchdog.

If it goes ahead, it will create a construction jobs bonanza.

It was estimated in 2012 that it would provide more than 200 construction jobs.

As well as the erection of 33 turbines - some 100 metres tall - the project will need an 11 kilometre transmission line to Reece Dam to connect it to the state power grid.

Wind farms do not generally create many ongoing jobs.

The project will generate up to 99 megawatts of renewable energy, which is more than two thirds of the Woolnorth wind farm's maximum output.

Federal environment authorities have no issue with the plan.

It is expected to go before the West Coast Council soon, probably at a special meeting on May 8.

The state Environment Protection Authority has recommended conditions to apply to the project.

The EPA's environmental assessment and conditions will go to the council.

The conditions will be included in the project's permit if the council grants one.

EPA chairman John Ramsay said the EPA board had decided that the project could be developed and managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions.

There appears to be little, if any, opposition to the plan.

Only one representation was received in relation to the permit application, and that was supportive.

Mr Ramsay said the board considered issues including the potential for affecting threatened bird and mammal species and potential impact of noise on nearby residents.

The project will be at isolated Granville Farm, 1.5 kilometres north of Granville Harbour and 25 kilometres north-west of Zeehan.


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