Changes planned for Stanhope solar farm

By Country News

Development of a planned solar farm and storage battery for Stanhope has faced a hurdle after GloBird Energy requested to amend its application.

The 30MW solar farm was being proposed by the Australian company on 45ha across two lots on either side of Downing Rd, Stanhope.

As well as the solar farm, GloBird hopes to construct a 100MW storage battery, at a total project cost of $150million.

In a report to the Campaspe Shire Council meeting on October 16, it was recommended the application be refused stating it needed ‘‘significant amendment’’.

But GloBird requested to amend its application to last week’s meeting and councillors voted to withdraw the item for consideration for that meeting.

Council received 47 objections to the planning application, which the council report stated ‘‘did not provide detailed information ... to ensure that non-agricultural uses do not adversely affect the use of land for agriculture’’.

Nearby residents are concerned about extra traffic and noise during the construction process, among other things.

‘‘We have received feedback from the local community and although investment in Stanhope is welcome, aspects of the project concern some neighbours,’’ GloBird founder John McCluskey said.

‘‘At this stage we are reviewing feedback from residents to gain a clearer understanding of their point of view and to see what we can do to address them.

‘‘We have always been open to working in a flexible and co-operative spirit with locals.’’

GloBird Energy is amending the application which will see the process begin again, however, objections to the previous application will still be considered by council.