Gawara Baya will generate enough clean energy to power up to 240,000 Australian homes, eliminating more than 1.2 million tonnes of carbon emissions from the energy market every year.
North Queensland’s renewable energy resources are strategically important to supporting Australia’s clean energy transition. The region is also home to national parks and wilderness as well as a diverse range of industries coexisting side-by-side, including mining and agriculture.
The project site is a long-established cattle grazing property that includes disturbed and degraded areas, and existing access tracks that we have used in the project design.
Following more than two years’ in-depth environmental studies and consultation, we have delivered a project design that preserves more than 98% of native vegetation on the cattle property where the project is located.
We recognise the value of the region’s ecology, as well as the importance of biodiversity in ensuring a healthy climate.
We take our role in supporting the twin objectives of climate decarbonisation and biodiversity conservation seriously. We are targeting net-positive biodiversity outcomes that respond specifically to the local scale impacts of the project.
The comprehensive regulatory review process for wind farms in Queensland requires distinct approvals from Local, State and Federal Government authorities.
Ecological assessment requirements for the Queensland Government's State Assessment and Referral Agency are prescribed in State code 23: Wind farm development.
The project is being assessed by Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. This is the Commonwealth legislative framework that protects and manages nationally and internationally significant flora, fauna, ecological communities, and heritage places.
As a direct result of the project’s extensive consultation and environmental study work spanning more than two years, Windlab has refined the project from its original 136-turbine concept design to an approximately 70-turbine layout, removing about 50 turbines from the southern extent of the project area.
This was a proactive decision, made to: