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:
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.
Delburn Wind Farm
The application is in the preliminary stages of assessment, and further information has been requested of the applicant by the Department.
A response to this request has been provided by the applicant and is currently being reviewed by the Department.
Once this is completed, the application will be advertised and objections or submissions may be lodged with the Responsible Authority (which is the Minister for Planning).
Council has been notified that the application has been ‘called in’ by the Minister for Planning under Section 97B of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
As a result, the application will be put before an independent planning panel, which will be able to hear from affected parties, and will ultimately make a recommendation to the Minister for Planning regarding whether the proposal should be approved or refused.
A copy of all materials relating to the applications can be viewed on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.
The application is in the preliminary stages of assessment.
You can contact the proponent on phone 1800 676428 or email email@example.com
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.