UPC Robbins Island Pty Ltd, Robbins Island Renewable Energy Park, Northwest Tasmania

Current Stage

Public Comment Closed on Draft Guidelines

Proposal Details

Client: UPC Robbins Island Pty Ltd

Premises: Robbins Island 7330

Activity: Wind farm

Class of Assessment: 2C

Important Dates

Assessment Commenced: 7/11/2017

Draft Guidelines Opened for Public Comment: 9/12/2017

Draft Guidelines Closed for Public Comment: 23/12/2017

​Status: Final guidelines issues, awaiting DPEMP

​​​The P​​​roposal​​

UPC Robbins Island Pty Ltd proposes to lodge a permit application for a wind energy project under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 with the Circular Head Council. The project involves up to 122 wind turbines over the western two-thirds of the island producing up to 1000 MW. The project will also include the construction of up to three substations on Robbins Island and underground electrical infrastructure as well as a range of ancillary infrastructure, such as roads and on-site quarries. The proposal will include the construction of a bridge between Robbins Island and mainland Tasmania and a wharf for delivery of wind turbine components and construction equipment. 

​Transmission of electricity from the project site is proposed via a new Transmission Line from Robbins Island Road to Sheffield. This will be a separate project which will be subject to project specific environmental impact assessment.

Details of the proposal are available in the Notice of Intent (NOI) which can be viewed below.​

The proposal is subject to environmental impact assessment in accordance with the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994.

The Board of the Environmental Protection Authority will require the proponent to prepare a Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plan (DPEMP) to support the permit application.

The project has been determined to be a controlled action under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) (EPBC reference number 2017/8096) on the grounds that it is likely to have, a significant impact on the following matters of national environmental significance:

  • Listed threatened species and communities (sections 18 and 18A); and
  • Listed migratory species (sections 29 and 20A).

As a controlled action the proposal requires assessment and approval by the Commonwealth Environment Minister before it can proceed. The proposal will be assessed by the EPA Board 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.

DPEMP Guidelines

DPEMP Guidelines, prepared by the Board, assist the proponent in preparing the case for assessment. The guidelines identify the key issues which, based on the information in the NOI, are expected to be key issues for the assessment of the proposal. 

Public comment was invited on the draft guidelines, the comment period has now closed. The final guidelines have been issued to the proponent.

 Final DPEMP Project Specific Guidelines Robbins Island (PDF 378Kb)

​​​​​Notice of Intent

The statutory assessment process commences with the submission of a Notice of Intent (NOI) by the proponent.  The NOI is prepared by the proponent and provides an overview of the proponent, the proposal, proposal location and potential impacts that may be caused by the proposed activity.

  Robbins Island - NOI   (5Mb)