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N P Power Pty Ltd - Cattle Hill Wind Farm (Lake Echo)

EPA decision complete.

The Proposal
Environmental Assessment Report and EPA Decision
Planning Appeal and Permit
Approval by the Australian Government
Supporting Documentation
Notice of Intent and DPEMP Guidelines
Further Information

The Proposal

N. P. Power Pty Ltd proposed to construct and operate a Level 2 wind farm on the eastern shore of Lake Echo.

The proponent lodged a Development Application with a supporting Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plan (DPEMP) to Central Highlands Council (Council).

The proposal was referred to the Board of the Environment Protection Authority (the Board) for assessment under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA).

The DPEMP guidelines were prepared by the Board. Draft DPEMP Guidelines were advertised for public comment and the comments received were taken into account in the final guidelines. The project specific guidelines can be viewed at the bottom of this page.

Environmental Assessment Report and EPA decision

The environmental assessment report has now been completed and can be viewed below. This report contains an environmental assessment and recommendations to the Board in relation to the proposal.

The permit conditions required by the Board to be included in the planning which was first granted by Central Highlands Council can also be viewed below. It should be noted that the conditions were subsequently amended as detailed in the section following.

  NP Power Cattle Hill Wind Farm EAR   (5Mb)

  NP Power Cattle Hill Wind Farm permit conditions environmental   (19Mb)​ (prior to appeal)​

Planning Appeal and Permit

Central Highlands Council issued a planning permit to NP Power Pty Ltd containing the permit conditions required to be contained therein by the Board.

The permit was appealed by NP Power. An agreement was reached between the parties to the appeal. Subsequently the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal (RMPAT) directed Council to issue an amended permit in accordance with s17 of the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal Act 1993. The permit includes amendments of conditions required to be included by the Board. The amended permit can be viewed below.

Amended Planning Permit

  NP Power Cattle Hill Windfarm Amended Permit   (3Mb)

Details of the RMPAT decision can be found on the RMPAT website.

Approval by the Australian Government

The proponent has referred the proposal to the Australian Government for consideration under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The Australian Government has determined that the proposal is a controlled action on the grounds that it is likely to have a significant impact on the following matters protected by the EPBC Act:

  • Listed threatened species and communities, section 18 and 18A; and
  • Listed migratory species, sections 20 and 20A.

As such, it requires assessment and approval by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts before it can proceed.

The proposal will be assessed by Tasmania in the manner specified in the Bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Tasmania under Section 45 of the EPBC Act.

Supporting Documentation

A copy of the permit application, and of all plans and other documentation submitted with the permit application (including the DPEMP) were made available for public inspection. Following the public comment period the proponent was required by the Board to prepare a DPEMP Supplement to address issues raised during the consultation period.

DPEMP Supplement

The following documents are those submitted by NP Power in response to the Board's call for further information following the public comment period; together they constitute the DPEMP Supplement. For ease of access the documents have been separated into those relating to the Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax fleayi) and those addressing other issues.

The DPEMP submitted in support of N P Power Pty Ltd's application can be viewed further down the page. For ease of download the figures and appendices have been separated from the main document.

DPEMP Supplement - Eagles

  Cattle Hill Wind Farm DPEMP Supplement Eagles   (16Mb)

  NP Power - Cattle Hill Wind Farm - DPEMP Supplement Eagles Additional Information   (8Mb)

DPEMP Supplement- Other Issues

  NP Power Cattle Hill Wind Farm DPEMP Supplement Other Issues   (15Mb)

  NP Power Cattle Hill Wind Farm DPEMP Supplement Other Issues (Additional Information)   (1Mb)

List of Maps

Map 1: Wind Farm Layout(North)
Map 2: Extent of likely impacts on matters of National Environmental Significance
Map 3: Tasmanian Devil Habitat (North)
Map 4: Eastern Barred Bandicoot Habitat (North)
Map 5: EPBC Listed Vegetation Communities (North)
Map 6: Glycine latrobeana Habitat (North)
Map 7: Prasophyllum credriflorum Habitat (North)
Map 8: Pterostylis pratensis Habitat (North)
Map 9: Spotted-tailed Quoll Habitat (North)
Map 10: Reserved Land and Private Timber Reserves(North)
Map 11: Latham's Snipe Habitat(North)
Map 12: TASVEG Communities(North)
Map 13: Wind Farm Layout(South)
Map 14: Tasmanian Devil Habitat (South)
Map 15: Eastern Barred Bandicoot Habitat (South)
Map 16: EPBC Listed Vegetation Communities (South)
Map 17: Glycine latrobeana Habitat (South)
Map 18: Prasophyllum credriflorum Habitat (South)
Map 19: Pterostylis pratensis Habitat (South)
Map 20: Spotted-tailed Quoll Habitat (South)
Map 21: Reserved Land and Private Timber Reserves(South)
Map 22: Latham's Snipe Habitat(South)
Map 23: TASVEG Communities(South)

  NP Power Cattle Hill Wind Farm Supplementary Information Map 1   (14Mb)

  NP Power Cattle Hill Wind Farm Supplementary Information Maps 2 to 5   (11Mb)

  Supplementary Information (Other Issues) Maps 6 to 9   (15Mb)

  Supplementary Information (Other Issues) Maps 10 to 12   (11Mb)

  NP Power Cattle Hill Wind Farm Supplementary Information (Other Issues) Maps 13 to 16   (11Mb)

  NP Power Cattle Hill Wind Farm Supplementary Information (Other Issues) Maps 17 to 20.   (15Mb)

  NP Power Cattle Hill Wind Farm Supplementary Information (Other Issues) Maps 21 to 23   (11Mb)

DPEMP (No Figures)

DPEMP Figures

List of Figures

Figure 3.1: Proposed Wind Farm Location
Figure 3.2: Tasmanian High Voltage Transmission Network
Figure 4.1: Proposed Wind Farm Location
Figure 4.2: Layout of Components and Equipment
Figure 4.3: Wind Turbine Generator Schematic Diagram
Figure 4.4: Electrical Cables and Grid Connection- Schematic Arrangement
Figure 4.10: Turbine Construction Site Layout
Figure 4.11: Construction Site Office General Layout
Figure 5.1: Land Titles and Reserved Roads
Figure 5.2: Planning Zones
Figure 5.3: Schematic Lake Echo Club Hunting Areas
Figure 5.4: Threatened Vegetation Communities
Figure 5.5: Threatened Flora
Figure 5.7: Eagle Nests and Observation Points
Figure 5.8: Observer Field of View from Observation Points
Figure 5.9: Eagle Territories - Wildspot
Figure 5.10: Eagle Activity Map
Figure 5.11: Background Noise Monitoring Locations
Figure 5.12: European Heritage Sites
Figure 5.13: Private and Public Reserves
Figure 6.1: Noise Contour Map
Figure 6.2: Contrast Turbine Models, Swept Heights and Eagle Risk Zones
Figure 6.3: Eagle High Risk Zones and 100 Turbine Layout
Figure 6.4: Viewpoint Location Map
Figure 6.9: Shadow Flicker Effect
Figure 6.10: Proposed Transport Routes

  Cattle Hill DPEMP - Figures 3.1, 3.2   (11Mb)

  Cattle Hill DPEMP Figures 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4   (12Mb)

  Cattle Hill DPEMP Figures 4.10, 4.11   (2Mb)

  Cattle Hill DPEMP - Figs 5.1, 5.2   (10Mb)

  Cattle Hill DPEMP - Figs 5.3, 5.4   (12Mb)

  Cattle Hill DPEMP - Figs 5.5, 5.7   (6Mb)

  Cattle Hill DPEMP - Figs 5.8, 5.9, 5.10   (4Mb)

  Cattle Hill DPEMP - Figs 5.11, 5.12   (6Mb)

  Cattle Hill: DPEMP - Fig 5.13   (5Mb)

  Cattle Hill DPEMP - Figs 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4   (7Mb)

  Cattle Hill DPEMP - Fig 6.9   (7Mb)

  Cattle Hill DPEMP - Fig 6.10   (3Mb)

DPEMP Appendices

List of Appendices

Appendix A: DPEMP Guidelines
Appendix B: Energy Balance and Greenhouse Gas Calculations
Appendix D: Community Survey Form
Appendix E: Design of Indicative Layout
Appendix F: Land Titles
Appendix G: Ecological Report
Appendix H: Eagle Utilisation Assessment, Collision Risk Modelling and Population Viability Analysis
Appendix I: Annual Eagle Mortality for the life of the Wind Farm
Appendix J: Wildspot - Eagle Nest Survey
Appendix K: Social and Economic Report
Appendix L: Transport Impact Assessment
Appendix M: Noise Assessment
Appendix N: Comments on Infrasound
Appendix O: Visual Impact Assessment

  Cattle Hill DPEMP - Appendices A, B1, B2   (1Mb)

  Cattle Hill DPEMP - Appendix D   (605Kb)

  Cattle Hill: DPEMP- Appendices E1, E2   (3Mb)

  Cattle Hill DPEMP - Appendices H1, H2   (10Mb)

  Cattle Hill DPEMP Appendices I, J, K   (6Mb)

  Cattle Hill DPEMP Appendices L, M, N, O1   (6Mb)

Notice of Intent and DPEMP Guidelines

  Cattle Hill Wind Farm NOI   (686Kb)

  Cattle Hill Windfarm - DPEMP Guidelines   (121Kb)

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