Questions on Notice No 5923
59 Parliament First Session
Asked: 5 May 2021

Question on Notice

Mr Rowswell to ask the Minister for Planning — With reference to both the proposed Delburn Wind Farm and the Energy Infrastructure Commissioner’s 2019 annual report:

(1) Is this project compatible with the recommendations made by the National Wind Farm Commissioner regarding setback distances from homes, noting that the size of the newly proposed turbines measures up to 250 meters tall with blades spanning 90 metres.

(2) Will the Minister increase the setback zone in line with the National Wind Farm Commissioner's recommendations to reflect the increase in size of turbines now proposed for on-land developments.

(3) How does the Minister measure social licence with regard to major proposed energy infrastructure projects.

(4) Noting that the proposed Delburn Wind Farm is situated in a fire-prone and zoned pine plantation, what is the gauged impact of this project on aerial firefighting capacity.

(5) Is the Minister aware of any considerable risk posed by the possibility of turbine components combusting and starting fires which may spread to nearby vegetation, properties, and townships.

Answered: 18 June 2021


The Delburn wind farm planning permit applications will be assessed against the relevant planning schemes, in accordance with the Planning and Environment Act 1987. All turbines are more than 1 kilometre from a house. This is consistent with planning policy in Victoria.


The turbine setback recommendations made by the Wind Farm Commissioner have not been adopted as planning policy. There is currently no plan to introduce a requirement that turbines be set back 1.5 kilometres from houses. Regardless of setbacks, all wind farms are required to comply with noise limits and shadow flicker requirements at all houses.


The planning permit application assessment process includes the opportunity for anyone potentially impacted by a proposal to object to the proposal. All submissions are considered before a decision is made. This is a measure of the social acceptance of the project.


The planning permit applications include a Bushfire Risk Assessment. The applications will be considered by an expert planning panel. The panel’s assessment will include consideration of potential bushfire risk and impacts to aerial firefighting capacity. The Country Fire Authority will receive notice of the application and will be invited to provide a submission to the panel.





Minister for Planning