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Public comment sought on Cattle Hill wind farm proposal

The public is being invited to comment on a development proposal for a wind farm near Lake Echo in Tasmania’s central highlands.

NP Power Pty Ltd’s 100 turbine project at Cattle Hill is being advertised this weekend by the Central Highlands Council.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will undertake the assessment of environmental issues.

The Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plan (DPEMP) is based on guidelines prepared by the EPA and the Central Highlands Council following a period of public consultation.

EPA Director Warren Jones said the guidelines identified the key issues to be addressed in the DPEMP.

"NP Power’s DPEMP is the next step in the planning and approvals process," Mr Jones said.

"Its purpose is to provide information relevant to the environmental and planning impacts of the proposal which can be considered by and commented on by the public, community groups and government agencies.

"More information may be required from the proponent before the EPA Board makes its decision on the environmental assessment of the project."

Mr Jones said the proposed wind farm is subject to both state and federal environmental legislation and will be assessed in accordance with a bilateral agreement between the Australian and Tasmanian governments.

"The Australian Government has determined that the proposal is required to be assessed under its legislation because it has the potential to have a significant impact on listed threatened species and communities and listed migratory species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999," he said.

"The project requires approval from the Federal Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts, the EPA Board and the Central Highlands Council before it can proceed."

A link to NP Power’s DPEMP is available on the EPA website www.epa.tas.gov.au (search for ‘Cattle Hill’).

Public submissions on the DPEMP should be addressed to the General Manager, Central Highlands Council, PO Box 20, Hamilton 7140.