Cattle Hill Wind Farm to start construction soon

Developers of a wind farm in the state’s Central Highlands say they are committed to employing local subcontractors.

Goldwind Australia will soon start to build a $300 million, 49-turbine windfarm on Cattle Hill.

Director John Titchen announced on Friday it would soon provide a list of worker packages that businesses could participate in and match up capabilities with the project and it’s main contractor.

"We'd like to maximise the local participation where feasible," he said.

The construction phase of the project is expected to employ 150 people.

Mr Titchen said the project managers were looking for local participation in civil works and roadworks to catering, accommodation and other support services

He said there would be 10 full-time jobs after the farm was built.

The farm is expected to generate 144 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power for 60,000 homes.

Energy Minister Guy Barnett said it was expected the construction phase would help businesses in the Derwent Valley, Southern Midlands and Central Highlands.

Meanwhile, the prospective developer of a 33-turbine, $280 million wind farm at Granville Harbour, Alex Simpson from WestCoast Wind, says the project was “progressing steadily”.

That project is expected to power about 40,000 homes.