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Proposed Developments in Our Region

Latrobe City Council are seeing a number of proposed large scale development projects that are being met with both concern and positivity from members of our community as part of early consultation activities.

Projects such as the proposed Battery Recycling Plant in Hazelwood North, the proposed Frasers Solar Farm in Glengarry and proposed Delburn Wind Farm are just a sample of these projects that have raised the interest of community members.

View the projects below and contact the proponents for the projects for more detail/provide feedback on the projects:

Utility Installations

Battery energy storage system – Monash Way, Morwell

A planning permit application was lodged with the Minister for Planning on 1 April 2021 for the use and development of a utility installation (battery energy storage system) at 240 Monash Way and 300 Monash Way, Morwell.

The application was notified and closed on 30 July 2021. Information about the planning permit can be found on the Ministerial Permits website.

Battery energy storage system – Bartons Lane, Loy Yang

A Planning Permit application was lodged with the Minister for Planning on 20 March 2021 for the development of a utility installation (battery energy storage system) and removal of native vegetation at Bartons Lane, Loy Yang.

The application was notified and submissions closed on 29 July 2021. Information about the planning permit can be found on the Ministerial Permits website.

Star of the South

The Star of the South Offshore Wind Farm project comprises an offshore wind farm, supporting electricity transmission assets required to transfer energy generated by the wind farm to the existing electricity transmission network, and modifications to ports and harbours required to support the construction and operation of the wind farm.

The wind farm is not located in the Latrobe municipality, but part of the onshore transmission corridor will be in Latrobe to connect to the transmission network.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning placed the draft scoping requirements on exhibition from 7 July 2021 to 27 July 2021. The Minister for Planning has considered the submissions received and approved final scoping requirements for the Environment Effects Statement in August 2021.

More information, including the final scoping requirements can be found on the Project Page.

Battery Recycling Plant in Hazelwood North

In response to the community interest on this proposed facility, we have compiled the latest information and a timeline of the approvals process.

View the Battery Recycling Plant Timeline

Delburn Wind Farm

The Minister for Planning is considering four planning permit applications for the Delburn Wind Farm and associated terminal station.

The proposal seeks approval to develop a 33-turbine wind energy facility and associated infrastructure spanning across three Local Government Areas (Latrobe City, Baw Baw Shire and South Gippsland Shire

Submissions closed on 18 August 2021 and these have been referred to a independent planning panel for consideration.

  • Directions Hearing via ZOOM – 10am, Monday 13 September 2021; and
  • Panel Hearing – 10am, Monday 18 October 2021 (expected to run for 2-4 weeks).

Following the Panel hearing and consideration of all submissions made, a report will be prepared with a recommendation to the Minister for Planning, who will then make a decision on the planning permit applications.

Frasers Solar Farm

Frasers Solar Farm proposed by South Energy will be located about 2km south of the township of Toongabbie across 110 hectares of land. It has a proposed capacity of up to 75 megawatts.

A planning permit application was lodged with the Minister for Planning on 9 November 2019  for the  use and development of land for a solar energy facility and utility installations including the construction of buildings and the carrying out of works, the removal of native vegetation, and business identification signage at Frasers Lane, Glengarry North.

The Minister for Planning has issued a Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit. 

Solar Energy Facility – Tramway Road

A planning permit application was lodged with the Minister for Planning on 10 August 2020  for the use and development of a Use and development of a solar energy facility and utility installations (battery and power lines), removal of native vegetation and alteration of access to a Road Zone, Category 1 at 436 and 545 Tramway Road, Hazelwood North.

The application is currently on notification with the notice detailing that a decision will not be made on the application before 30 April 2021.

Magnesium Metal Production Facility in Hazelwood North

Latrobe Magnesium Ltd is proposing to establish a Magnesium Metal Production Facility capable of generating 3,000 tonnes of magnesium per annum.

The process uses fly ash, an underutilised by-product of the coal combustion process from the Yallourn W power station as the raw material to produce magnesium.

The facility would operate on a trial basis for approximately 18 months initially to demonstrate the production and feasibility of the process, before deciding whether to commence full ongoing production.

The proposal requires both a Research Development and Demonstration approval from the EPA and a planning permit from Council.

A planning permit was issued for the proposal on 5 June 2020.

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