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    Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Burdekin solar farm development ‘called in’

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Monday, August 31, 2015

    Burdekin solar farm development ‘called in’

    The development of one of the country’s largest solar farms at Clare in the Burdekin Shire has been ‘called in’ to ensure the potential economic and environmental benefits of the project are balanced with community concerns that include possible impacts on important cropping land.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad, said she had made the decision after considering submissions and a request from the Burdekin Shire Council.

    “Council’s original decision to approve this development, which was subject to appeal to the Planning and Environment Court, will be set aside and a new assessment will be made,” Ms Trad said.

    “I have notified all stakeholders, including the applicant, the Council and submitters of my decision to ‘call in’ the proposed development.”

    FRV, a global solar power company, plans to invest up to $400 million to develop 340 hectares of farmland and states that the large scale solar farm would generate enough renewable energy to power around 65,000 Queensland homes.

    The solar farm will also provide 200 jobs during construction, up to five permanent ongoing operations jobs and provide indirect ongoing benefits to local business, contractors and suppliers.

    “This project has the ability to diversify Burdekin Shire’s local economy by providing a safe, reliable and affordable alternate energy source,” Ms Trad said.

    “As the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, I want to ensure that the economic and environmental interests of this part of the State are promoted and that the impacts on the viability of important agricultural industries are carefully considered."

    Due to the complexity of issues to be reassessed and the depth of technical expertise required, the Deputy Premier will be requesting technical advice of other agencies to assist with informing her decision.

    The Deputy Premier is required to make a decision by Tuesday, 10 November 2015.

    For more information on the Clare Solar Farm development ‘call in’ visit: http://dilgp.qld.gov.au/planning/clare-solar-farm

     

    Media contact: Deputy Premier’s Office 0488 996 667