Low Head wind farm proposal reaches next stage

After nearly a decade of planning, the proposed Low Head wind farm is recommended to be approved by the George Town Council. 

At Wednesday’s council meeting, a 10-tower proposal will be brought forward for a decision. 

The farm is proposed to be built on private land between Bell Buoy Beach at Low Head and Beechford. 

The land is owned by three different title holders, with the whole farm expected to be about 1119 hectares. 

Proposed turbines would have a maximum tip height of 180 metres and a transmission line running from the wind farm site to the George Town substation in Bell Bay. 

The application received nine submissions, one which claimed residents had not been informed of the development. 

“Council wrote to 199 residents within the Bell Buoy Beech and Beechford areas advising them of the amendment and future wind farm development,” the council’s statutory planner said. “Council’s public consultation in this instance was above and beyond what was required.” 


The farm is expected to create between 50 and 75 jobs during construction, with two to three full-time jobs available once complete. 

At the same meeting, the council will also discuss a notice of motion, by Councillor John Glisson. 

The motion said the council had considered the matter “a number of occasions” including in 2008.

At the May 21 2008 meeting, the council voted to offer the airport for sale for $360,000, increase the lease to $29,000, and if it was sold that it be offered for sale with tenants. 

The following November, the council asked the then general manager to proceed with the sale. 

If the motion is approved, the move to sell the airport would be considered during the 2018/2019 council budget preparations.