New energy project for Western Downs

ANOTHER renewable energy project could be coming to the region, after community information sessions were held for a development between Dulacca and Drillham.

The sessions in Miles and Dulacca last week were for the Dulacca Renewable Energy Project proposed by RES - a renewable energy developer formed in the UK 35 years ago.

RES Australia development project manager Llion Parry said the proposed development was a hydrid wind, solar, and batter storage project.

After initial feasibility studies, he said the company would undertake further research and move towards submitting a development application to council.

"As part of our process we wanted to notify the community, notify the public of the proposal and to get any comments or thoughts from the community before the approvals are lodged,” Mr Parry said.

Questions and comments at the sessions largely focussed on the project itself, potential job opportunities, economic benefits, planning, and impacts on local traffic.

"We've tried to engage as early as possible to give everybody the best opportunity they can to get involved in the project and to share their comments with RES,” Mr Parry said.

"We're still at a reasonably early stage so we haven't lodged any applications yet and we're hoping to finalise the studies for those applications towards the end of 2018.

"We're foreseeing the project would probably create 200 direct jobs through construction and then 10 full-time jobs through the 30 year life of the project, so in a little community like Dulacca or Drillham I think 10 local good jobs is a good thing.”

To have your say go to http://www.dulacca-renewa r-say/ or freecall 1300 524 459.

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