The Ceres Project development application was lodged for approval under Section 49 of the Development Act 1993 as it is key public infrastructure.
The application sought development approval from the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) for the Ceres Project wind farm.
Development Approval Submissions Response
Following the receipt of all public, council and agency submissions, Senvion prepared a comprehensive Submissions Response Document (SRD) that, together with the Development Application, addressed the issues raised in the submissions. Senvion voluntarily made the SRD available to the public:
The Submissions Response Document Fact Sheet (3M) summarises key points.
On the 10/02/14 John Rau, Minister for Planning, approved the Ceres Project's Development Application. The Approval is comprised of 54 conditions and includes references to the original application, the Submissions Response Document and the Public Hearing Response Document.
Minor Amendment to Development Approval
The project sought a minor amendment to the original DA to allow the most modern turbine technology to be utilised, in 2017.
On the 29/08/17, approval was granted for the Ceres Project’s minor amendment to the Development Approval. This Approval is comprised of 57 conditions.
Variation to Development Approval
|Key Factor||Existing Approval||Variation|
|Number of wind turbines||187||170|
|MW rating of wind turbine||3.4 MW||3.7 up to 6 MW|
|Nameplate MW rating of wind farm||636 MW||~630 MW|
|Tower Height (a)||93 metres||Up to 140 metres|
|Rotor Diameter||140 metres||Up to 160 metres|
|Turbine tip height||163 metres||Up to 220 metres|
On the 1/08/19, Stephan Knoll, Minister for Planning, approved the Ceres Project’s Variation to the Development Approval.
The revised Development Approval includes a number of conditions that must be met, that relate to the construction and operation of the wind farm and associated infrastructure such as transformers, underground transmission lines and cabling.