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Have a question about the Star of the South project? We want to hear from you!

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You can also contact us:

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    What is the expected cost per kwH to the consumer for the electricity generated by the Star of the South wind farm? What is the expected production cost per kwH for the electricity generated by the Star of the South wind farm?

    John Langstaff asked 22 days ago

    Hi John, thanks for your question.

    We are currently working through a business case to further develop the project. This will help us understand the project cost, rates of production and potential savings to consumers. There are lots of variables that impact the calculations including wind speed, seabed conditions, number of turbines, access to supply chains, port and harbour logistics, finance structures and ongoing operating costs for offshore wind in Australia. We’re still investigating some of these aspects and expect to have a better overview later this year - keep following us for updates.

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    Considering the short life span of wind turbines, the huge manufacturing cost involving fossil fuels, the lack of constant reliable power, and not being able to recycle decommissioned turbines, why wouldn’t you consider a better alternative such as nuclear? I gather your company has seen this documentary https://youtu.be/Zk11vI-7czE

    Paul asked 13 days ago

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    Offshore wind is globally recognised as a significant source of energy and is today a major contributor to the energy mix in many countries including the UK, Denmark, Germany and France. Offshore wind is also taking off in the United States, Canada and throughout Asia. We believe it has a lot to offer Australia. 

    The Star of the South has the potential to generate enough electricity for 1.2 million homes - or around 18% of Victoria's energy needs - while also creating jobs during construction and operations. 

    Historical wind data and our on-site wind monitoring to date shows there is a strong, reliable and unique wind resource off the south coast of Gippsland. 

    We believe that a diverse mix of generators helps create a resilient and reliable energy system, and that offshore wind has a role to play in that mix here in Victoria. 

    The average life span of a turbine is around 25 years, although this can be extended dependent on maintenance and local conditions. Turbines are currently around 90% recyclable. One manufacturer, Vestas is pledging zero waste turbines by 2040. 

    The video you've linked to has been removed from YouTube - if you'd like to send us another link please do so.

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    Is star of the sea an ASX listed company?

    Claudio68$ asked 12 days ago

    Hi Claudio, thanks for getting in touch. The Star of the South is a private company comprised of Australian founders and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners – a global leader in offshore wind (funded by pension/superannuation funds). At this stage the project is not looking to make public investment opportunities available. Thanks again for your interest.  

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    I have been fishing offshore Port Albert for over 45 years since I have been 8yr old. Everyone I have spoken to are telling me, fishing will not be permitted in the zone area where the windfarms are. is this correct ?

    Claudio68$ asked 12 days ago

    Hi there Claudio,

    Thanks for this question - we know fishing is important and we don't want to exclude people from the proposed project area.

    We believe that many types of fishing – including all recreational fishing – can occur in an operational wind farm. In fact, we know from looking at other offshore wind projects around the world that it is possible, but every country has its own regulations.

    Because this is Australia’s first offshore wind farm there are no existing regulations and they will have to be developed by the government.

    We don’t want to exclude fishers, and we want to ensure everybody’s safety – so it’s about finding the right approach that is safe and fair. We’re doing some work to identify good principles and suggestions for sharing the waters here in Gippsland.

    We’re keen to hear ideas and learn more about when, how and what people fish in the area - we'd love to hear more from you - feel free to get in touch via our email - info@starofthesouth.com.au or give us a call on 1800 340 340.

    You can find more information in our 'fishing and offshore wind' factsheet here: https://getinvolved.starofthesouth.com.au/about-the-project1

    If you have more questions or would like to have a chat to the team about this, feel free to call us on 1800 340 340.

    Kind regards,
    Star of the South

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    Would you still be able to fish around the base of the wind turbines? The proposed location of the wind farm is on top of many popular fishing grounds for locals and while we can see the benefits it would damage local tourism if people were no longer able to fish in these areas.

    James Ollington asked 16 days ago

    Hi there James,

    Thanks for this question - we know fishing is important and we don't want to exclude people from the proposed project area.

    We believe that many types of fishing – including all recreational fishing – can occur in an operational wind farm. In fact, we know from looking at other offshore wind projects around the world that it is possible, but every country has its own regulations.

    Because this is Australia’s first offshore wind farm there are no existing regulations and they will have to be developed by the government.

    We don’t want to exclude fishers, and we want to ensure everybody’s safety – so it’s about finding the right approach that is safe and fair. We’re doing some work to identify good principles and suggestions for sharing the waters here in Gippsland.

    We’re keen to hear ideas and learn more about when, how and what people fish in the area - we'd love to hear more from you - feel free to get in touch via our email - info@starofthesouth.com.au or give us a call on 1800 340 340.

    You can find more information in our 'fishing and offshore wind' factsheet here: https://getinvolved.starofthesouth.com.au/about-the-project1

    If you have more questions or would like to have a chat to the team about this, feel free to call us on 1800 340 340.

    Kind regards,
    Star of the South

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    tell me the route that the power lines take on land to get to the latrobe valley power grid

    person asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there, an important part of the project is connecting the offshore wind farm to the Latrobe Valley, so we can plug into the grid.  This year we'll investigate and design a transmission network to do this.

    At this stage, we've narrowed it down to three possible transmission corridors. Each option would connect to the same point in the Latrobe Valley. Our work so far tells us that each corridor has pros and cons.

    To select these three options, we considered minimising impacts on the environment, potential use of existing easements, avoiding Aboriginal cultural heritage sites and reducing impacts on landholders.

    The key factors we will need to consider in determining the most suitable corridor are:
    - Findings from engineering, environmental and heritage studies
    - Feedback from landholders and local communities
    - Cost
    - Advice from technical specialists.

    We expect to make a decision later this year, but if there is anything you would like us to know before we select a transmission corridor, please share your knowledge at starofthesouth.com.au/getinvolved 

    For more information on selecting a transmission route and maps showing the three options, you can visit https://getinvolved.starofthesouth.com.au/48520/widgets/264407/documents/164146

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    When would this project commence to support infrastructure in Yarram and surrounds?

    Mnk asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there. It’s still very early days for the project – if everything went right with our studies, approvals and business case, the earliest construction could start is around 2023 (although that is an ambitious timeframe for what is potentially such a big project). If we met this date, we could start to generate power in 2025 building up to full power by 2027.

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    I understand that there is a likelihood that 20MW turbines will be available within 3 years. https://reneweconomy.com.au/germany-gears-up-to-test-20mw-wind-turbines-79007/ Would you consider using these to increase the capacity of SotS to 4GW nameplate?

    RidetheTalk asked about 2 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question. While we haven't selected a turbine yet, we are in discussions with turbine manufacturers to understand what's available. We’re also studying the wind profile and we’re doing studies into the seabed, which will help inform the type and number of turbines suitable for the site. 

    The size and number of turbines are influenced by: 

    - Wind conditions - the speed, consistency and direction of the wind 

    - Seabed conditions - influence where and how many turbines can be installed 

    - Turbine suppliers - where and how we can source the turbines 

    - The type of vessels, equipment and space needed at port for turbine parts 

    We expect the turbines will be spaced about one kilometre apart with space for boats and other vessels to navigate through.

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    Hi where will the turbines come from/ please don't say China

    Stewart n Christine asked about 2 months ago

    Hi there, thanks so much for your question. 

    As it's still early days on the project, we are still some way off confirming wind turbine suppliers. The Star of the South would bring a new wave of industry and opportunity to Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley. 

    The project is a first for Victoria, Australia and the southern hemisphere. While there will be skills and components that we’ll need to bring in from companies overseas who are experts in these fields, we believe there will be many opportunities for local people and businesses. 

    We know that currently, offshore turbines are manufactured in Germany, Denmark, the United States and China. 

    Big projects can help create direct and indirect jobs, due to the economic investment in the area. Direct jobs during construction could include civil construction, wind turbine technicians, electrical and mechanical technicians, site managers, engineers and health and safety advisers. Ongoing local jobs during operation could include site managers, wind turbine service technicians, blade inspectors and maintenance technicians. 

    Gippsland and Victoria are perfectly positioned to build key parts of this project. We’re also in an area that has around 50 years of offshore oil and gas experience and 100 years of coal-fired electricity generation – we would be looking to transfer as many of those skills as possible into a new, modern and reliable industry of power generation.

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    Hello and thanks for the opportunity to ask this question. Will the project be open to the public to buy shares or invest in any other way? Thanks Robert

    Windsaway asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Robert, thanks for getting in touch. The Star of the South is a private company comprised of Australian founders and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners – a global leader in offshore wind (funded by pension/superannuation funds). At this stage the project is not looking to make public investment opportunities available. Thanks again for your interest.  

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    I am an Australian, certificate 3 - Cable Jointer with current training (VESI,network,substation,GWO) 6 years experience in the Victorian power industry with previous wind farm construction experience. Please direct me to whom I can register my interest in the project. Best Regards, Billy Ingram bingflash@gmail.com

    Billy Ingram asked 2 months ago

    Hi Billy, thanks for your interest in job opportunities on this exciting project. As the project progresses we will keep people updated about potential job opportunities. You can register for updates at https://getinvolved.starofthesouth.com.au/register to stay informed. We also post jobs on Seek.

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    To whom it may concern, Whilst the design and development of the wind blades are some time away, I wanted to introduce our company Cathay Composites a local carbon fibre manufacture who has been making carbon fibre spar caps for industry leading wind energy companies around the globe. Is there a way we can formally introduce ourselves to the team to understand the supply chain needs when the project moves into development phase. Many thanks Anthony Ferronato Engineering Director

    Anthony Ferronato asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch, Anthony. We're currently in the very early stages of the project's development - we're doing site investigations now to confirm the project's feasibility and what's involved in bringing offshore wind to Australia. We encourage you to register your details for supplier updates to ensure you receive the latest information as the project progresses. We’re also building a list of capabilities in the market and will have more information for the supply chain later this year. You're welcome to send information about your capabilities to info@starofthesouth.com.au. Thanks again for your interest in the project.

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    Are you currently looking for an experienced (6years) offshore technician with all certificates?

    Eric Götz asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch Eric, and for your interest in job opportunities on this exciting project. It's still early days on the project - we're currently doing site investigations to confirm the project's feasibility and what's involved to bring offshore wind to Australia. If the project meets feasibility and approvals, works could start in the mid 2020s, building up to full power by 2027. As the project progresses we will keep people updated about potential job opportunities. You can register for updates at https://getinvolved.starofthesouth.com.au/register to stay informed.

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    Hi, Is there a contact person to send expressions of interest regarding future potential job openings with SOTS? Best regards, Karl Walsh

    Karl Walsh asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your interest in the South of the South and potential job opportunities on this exciting project. It's still early days and we're currently doing site investigations to confirm the project's feasibility and what's involved to bring offshore wind to Australia. If the project meets feasibility and approvals, works could start in the mid 2020s, building up to full power by 2027. As the project progresses we will keep people updated about potential job opportunities. Feel free to register for updates at https://getinvolved.starofthesouth.com.au/register to stay informed. We also post jobs on Seek.

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    Hi there, my husband and I are keen to know what sort of job opportunities will exist for locals on this projects and whether or not their will be opportunities to train on the job. Thank you!

    Kel asked 4 months ago

    Hi Kel. It’s great to see your enthusiasm for working on the project. It’s still early days and we’re now undertaking studies to confirm the project’s feasibility. If the project meets feasibility and approvals, the earliest works could start is in the mid 2020s. Big projects like the Star of the South can help create direct and indirect jobs, due to the economic investment in the area. Direct jobs during construction could include civil construction, wind turbine technicians, electrical and mechanical technicians, site managers, engineers and health and safety advisers. Ongoing local jobs during operation could include site managers, wind turbine service technicians, blade inspectors and maintenance technicians. Gippsland and Victoria are perfectly positioned to manufacture and build key parts of this project. We’re also in an area that has around 50 years of offshore oil and gas experience and 100 years of coal-fired electricity generation – we would be looking to transfer as many of those skills as possible into a new, modern and reliable industry of power generation. As the project progresses we will keep people updated about potential job opportunities. Please register for updates at https://getinvolved.starofthesouth.com.au/register to stay informed.

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    Hello, My name is Michael Jackman I am interested in this project, I believe it is an essential part of infrastructure needed to advance growth in this country. I would like to know how I can get involved and what contractors I would need to be in touch with to get involved in the construction of this project...

    Michael Jackman asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch and for your interest in the project, Michael. We think it's a pretty exciting project for Australia too! It's still early days and we're currently doing site investigations to confirm the project's feasibility and what's involved to bring offshore wind to Australia. If the project meets feasibility and approvals, works could start in the mid 2020s, building up to full power by 2027. We'll be providing more information to the supply chain later this year but procurement of contractors for construction is some way off yet. Be sure to register for updates at https://getinvolved.starofthesouth.com.au/register to stay informed about developments on the project.

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    Project Materials is a global trading company with offices in Australia. Our head office in Germany has had extensive experience in supplying monopiles to offshore wind projects in the North Sea. How can we register our interest to be considered as a potential bidder for this portion of the project? Do you have a pre qualification process that we can complete?

    Michael Connelly asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for your question Michael. We're currently in the very early stages of the project's development - we're doing site investigations now to confirm the project's feasibility and what's involved in bringing offshore wind to Australia. We encourage you to register your details for supplier updates to ensure you recieve the latest information as the project progresses. We’re also building a list of capabilities in the market and will have more information for the supply chain later this year. You're welcome to send us information about your capabilities to info@starofthesouth.com.au. Thanks again for your interest in the project.

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    Good afternoon. I represent a partnership with over 30 years’ experience designing, constructing and operating IACS classified multi-purpose offshore energy support vessels across the European and American offshore wind industries. We provide a one stop shop solution to implementing an integrated marine supply and support network. I’m interested to know how the project and the research is progressing and when you will be open to consultation for support/supply and engineering services? Is there a person/department in place to begin discussions? Thanks.

    Ben V - Offshore Energy Support Vessels asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch, Ben. The project is in the early feasibility phase with site investigations and initial planning approval work underway. Feel free to register your details for supplier updates and to get the latest information as the project progresses. We’re building a list of capabilities in the market and will have more information for the supply chain this later year. If you'd like to talk to the team, you can call our community line on 1800 340 340 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm) or email info@starofthesouth.com with your contact details so we can get in touch.

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    Hi, how many jobs will this project create for commercial divers in Australia?

    Ajj3565 asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for the question. We expect there would be a limited number of commercial divers needed for the project. It's early days with initial sites investigations underway to inform the project’s feasibility and planning approvals process. The earliest construction could begin is mid-2020. Feel free to register for updates to get the latest information on job opportunities as we continue progressing the project.

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    Hi - when will you be going to market for engineering consulting services? We are a fully Australian company with experience in cable routing, stabilisation, scour design, shore crossings (HDD), asset integrity and inspection, monitoring, maintenance and repair (IMMR) for offshore infrastructure. We have some experience with offshore wind turbines via Danish clients.

    Allison_Selman asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your questions, Allison. The project is in the early feasibility phase with site investigations and initial planning approval work underway. Feel free to register your details for supplier updates and to get the latest information as the project progresses. We’re building a list of capabilities in the market and are expecting to have more information to provide to the supply chain later in the year. Thanks again for getting in touch.

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    Hi! We are really interested in being involved in this exciting project. We are Marr Contracting and we are a 3rd generation family-owned and family -run Australian company. www.marr.com.au We have a fleet of the largest capacity tower cranes which can lift 300Te and can be adapted to the marine environment. We would like the opportunity to share our capability, experience and potential with you. Are you open and available for a presentation of our company. Best Regards, Mark

    #menfrommarrs asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch, Mark. It’s great to see your enthusiasm for opportunities to get involved in the project. It’s still early days and we’ve recently started our site investigations to help inform the project’s feasibility. Feel free to register your details to follow the project as it progresses and to get updates about supplier and job opportunities. We’re expecting to have more information to provide to the supply chain later this year.

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    Hi there, This is probably more so a question for turbine manufacturers, will the turbines take in to account the effect of projected sea level rise. Is there a possibility to make the height adjustable, or at least design them such that future height modifications are possible? Also how long are the turbines designed to last? (Not including moving parts which of course need replacing from time to time.) Thanks so much! Regards, Kim

    Kim asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for your interest in the turbines, Kim. As part of our project planning, we are factoring in changes to sea levels in the designs. Wind turbine technology is constantly evolving and improving. It’s still early days and we’re not sure yet about the exact height or how many turbines. We’re undertaking site investigations to understand the conditions off the south coast of Gippsland, which will inform our turbine selection. Turbines are designed to last approximately 25 years, which would be the life of the project. Thanks for getting in touch.

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    How many construction jobs will be involved? How many ongoing maintenance jobs etc?

    Andrew asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your question. The Star of the South project is expected to create thousands of jobs during construction and hundreds during operations. The operations and maintenance roles would be based in Gippsland over the life of the project. We will be undertaking workforce studies and will consult with industry to further understand job requirements. As we develop a better understanding of this, we will keep people updated. Feel free to register for updates to get the latest information on job opportunities as we continue progressing the project.

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    Hi What will be the size of the exclusion zone for recreational fishing?

    jl asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your question. We’re not looking to exclude fishers - there are examples around the world where boats can move through operating wind farms and fishing is possible. Groups such as ‘Anglers for Offshore Wind Power’ in the United States have started to report on the benefits of offshore wind farms for fishers and tourism. We’re open to working with government, fishers and local communities on this issue, recognising the need to ensure everyone’s safety around an operating wind farm. Of course during construction, there would need to be restrictions for safety reasons. We’re keen to hear more about when and where people fish in the area. If you’ve got more questions or would like to have a chat to the team about this, feel free to call us on 1800 340 340.

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    Are you listed on the ASX or are there other investment opportunities available?

    Julian asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch. The Star of the South is a private company comprised of Australian founders and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners – a global leader in offshore wind (funded by pension/superannuation funds). At this stage the project is not looking to make public investment opportunities available. Thanks again for your interest.

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    Enquiring about workboat opportunities during the investigation phase of the project. Could you advise who/where I should direct my enquiry to, please?

    Paul WIcks asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch. We used the Molly Grace to deploy our wind and wave monitoring equipment this month. We are using the Silver Star for our geophysical investigations which are expected to start early next year. Feel free to send your details through to info@starofthesouth.com.au to be considered for future opportunities. You can also request to receive the latest email updates on the project - just email us with your details if you're keen for these updates.

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    Hi as a long time wildlife coast schedule cruise operator out of Port Welshpool for both scenic and seasonal Whale cruises, and understanding the whale migration backed by years of data in the Wilson's Prom area, my question is, has the humpback whale migration been considered in planning for seismic survey activity or construction, especially the consideration of the Southern migration with the females and new calves which may be vulnerable to such activity. I briefly spoke to someone there last year about it, however have not heard any further.

    John D asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for your question. As part of our site investigations we will be undertaking marine mammal surveys to understand the migration patterns of whales and other animals in the area. Our studies will include the migration patterns of pygmy and humpback whales. These studies are expected to start early next year and last for up to 24 months. Feel free to register for updates to get the latest information as we continue to progress the project. We're also happy to chat if you feel like giving us a call on 1800 340 340 to share your local knowledge.

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    How many wind turbines do u plan to put in and how long do u expect the construction phase to go on for ?

    Jason asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for your questions, Jason. It’s still early days for the project and we’re not sure yet about the exact size or how many turbines there would be for the Star of the South. We recently started studying the wind profile off the south coast of Gippsland and we’ll also be doing studies into the seabed depth and conditions, which will help inform the type and number of turbines. If the project meets feasibility and approvals, works could start in the mid 2020s, with construction taking several years and the project building up to full power by 2027. Thanks again for your questions. Feel free to register for updates to get the latest project information.

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    Hi, when will site investigation start? have you started doing the sketch plans? when will you submit a development application?

    Ariane asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for your question.We’ll start wind and wave monitoring later this month, with other site investigations such as geophysical and geotechnical to start pending relevant approvals. These studies will run for several years.

    Environmental assessment and approvals will form an important part of the project. We will require Victorian and Commonwealth planning and environmental approvals to develop Australia’s first proposed offshore wind farm.

    While we continue our investigations into the feasibility of the project, we will collect important baseline data and evidence, which will be presented and assessed as part of the project’s formal planning approval process.

    Formal planning and environmental assessment of the project could start from next year and is expected to run to 2022. 

    Feel free to register for updates to get the latest project news and details about opportunities to get involved through the planning and assessment process.

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    What risk mitigation are you taking into consideration to avoid exiting Basslink HVDC link should this project will go ahead? Moreover, are you also considering the potential route of Marinus Link that might traverse your site? Regards, Carlo

    CJaminola asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch, Carlo. We’re working with Basslink to avoid their cable during our site investigations and as we continue planning to bring offshore wind to Australia.

    The Basslink and the Project Marinus links are options that we’ll take a look at for route connection, amongst others, although we note Marinus Link is currently in the planning stages but we’ll keep in touch with them as we continue our studies.

    Thanks again for your questions.


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    Please some info about SF6 - first heard about this recently via a Uk relative & a BBC program

    Ros asked 8 months ago

    Hi Ros, thanks for your question.

    Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) is commonly used in the energy industry to insulate medium to high voltage circuit breakers. We’re aware of the global concerns associated with SF6. We’re currently investigating the feasibility of the Star of the South. If the project proceeds, we would comply with Australian standards, laws and best practice. We’re working with major circuit breaker manufacturers and are looking to alternatives to SF6, where practical, as we progress bringing offshore wind to Australia.  
    Feel free to give us a call on 1800 340 340 if you’d like to chat about this further.

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    Hi, If the project takes off are you or will you be actively seeking rental properties? We have a 4 bedroom house in a rural area just out of Yarram and would be prepared to rent/lease, the area is large enough to store machinery and the yarding could be maintained by ourselves, any feed back would be much appreciated. Thanks Marc Wilson

    Will01 asked 8 months ago

    Hi Marc, thanks for reaching out. Feel free to send us the details of your property to info@starofthesouth.com.au or call us on 1800 340 340. We will keep it in mind as we continue to progress bringing offshore wind to Australia.

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    Hi there, Im currently assessing career options for the course training and upskilling from the electrical supply industry distribution (powerline) to accomodate for changes of demand the type of industry skills qualifications, i have qualifications in: * cert 3 (esi distribution) distribution * High Voltage live line cert authority * Network switching authority With regards to any local / long term employment, i have a few questions about getting work on the star of the south project- My first question: will the company be employing skilled trades people for full time employment directly or are you seeking contracting partners who to provide the resource and delivery of work at certain stages of construction? Final question: are you able to indicate at this stage if the company would consider employing skilled trades persons with desirable certification's much earlier than the start of construction take advantage of fasttracking the training requirements with RPL to satisfy roles requirments on competion of training? thanks Adam

    Ads_1782hotmail.com asked 8 months ago

    Hi Adam, thanks for your questions. It’s great to see your enthusiasm for working on the project. It’s still early days and we’re preparing to undertake studies to confirm the project’s feasibility. We haven’t determined the procurement approach. If the project meets feasibility and approvals, works could start in the mid 2020s. You can register for updates to get the latest information on job opportunities.

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    Do you think that the marine contractors working for this project will have to use AUSTRALIAN flag Ships, and/or AUSTRALIAN Crews. This will affect all the works? (i.e.: Foundations, TP's, Wind turbines installers, cables laying, protection and burial, ...) I am aware of this kind of restriction for offshore projects classed as domestic (within territorial waters) due to Union rules, making it very hard for outsiders to participate. I'd appreciate your feedback.

    AST asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for your interest in job opportunities on the Star of the South. It’s still early days for the project and if it proceeds to construction, all work and employment would comply with Australian laws and legislation. Register for updates to follow the project’s progress and to get the latest information on supplier opportunities.

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    At the information session held at Port Franklin your representative stated 200 positions in the operations and maintenance phase. Would you please provide a break down of this number into direct staff and local support staff?

    Glen Pascoe asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for coming to our session in Port Franklin. Our job estimates will be become clearer as the project develops and we better understand the existing supply chain available to the project (and importantly once we decide the wind farm design and turbines to be installed).

    We expect there to be hundreds of operations and maintenance roles based in Gippsland over the life of the project.

    We will be undertaking workforce studies and will consult with industry to further understand job requirements. As we develop a better understanding of this, we will keep people updated. Feel free to register your interest if you would like to be kept informed.

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    Dear sir 1. we have a property at Robertsons Beach, near Port Albert. What height are the turbines, from the sea to the sky. Will we see them from our property. 2. Statistics vary, one report said the turbines would be placed 10-25 m from Port Albert, another says 8-13 k. Please confirm the exact figure, and if we will see them from Robertsons Beach 3. What is the noise impact from Robertsons Beach to the towers? Please be specific. 4. How many wind turbines are expected to be built? 5. What energy savings are we expected to see in dollar terms. Ie is our power rate going to be decreased. Your direct answers without too much publicity/advertising etc. would be appreciated. Regards Sally

    robert1sally2 asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for your questions, Sally.

    It’s still very early days – we need to do more work on things like wind farm design and visuals but we’ll share details about those aspects once we have a clearer picture, just like we’re sharing information now about our site investigations.

    We currently have an approved licence area to investigate the project - the first step is to understand the wind profile. This will allow us to collect important data to inform the height and number of turbines.

    The closest boundary from the coast to the licence area is just under 10 kilometres which you can see on our map. So while we don’t know exactly where turbines might be placed and the height of them at this stage, we do know the boundaries we are working in and that offshore wind farms are typically seen from land.

    We’ll be doing studies into what people could expect to see from the coast and we’ll develop up some visuals and artist impressions of the wind farm as part of those studies.

    Given the turbines will be out at sea, you won’t hear them from land including at Robertsons Beach.

    In terms of expected energy savings, generally speaking, when supply goes up there is more competition in the market, leading to more competitive prices for consumers. As we progress the project, we’ll do studies to understand the potential to reduce wholesale electricity prices, recognising the market is changing all the time with generation coming in and out.

    If you’ve got any further questions or would like to have a chat, please feel free to give us a call on 1800 340 340.

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    Has consideration been given to the opportunities that may be available to complement the marine environment and ecosystems, particularly in the form of fish nursery locations, through the design of subsurface structures?

    John, Latrobe Valley. asked 9 months ago

    Thanks for your question.

    If the wind farm proceeds to construction and operation, we would hope to see benefits for the marine environment with artificial reefs created on the base of the turbines and new ecosystems.

    We’re preparing to undertake site investigations later this year including seabed studies and marine mammal monitoring to understand the current marine environment in the proposed project area. These studies will help us collect important data which we’ll use to progress the design of the wind farm.

    We’re also in contact with organisations like the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation to understand how we can best coordinate and collaborate with other relevant programs.

    Thanks again for your interest.

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    I’m the Owner / Operator of the vessel Dreamtime / Port Albert Fishin Charters She is a 9m Noosa Cat which is in survey 10+2 people and has just recently been re-powered. I operate her out of Port Albert My question for you is, are you requiring a support vessel?

    Brian asked 9 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch, Brian. The Star of the South is in the feasibility phase and it’s still early days for the project. If it proceeds to construction and operation, we would need vessels to support our activities. Feel free to register your details to follow the project as it progresses and to get updates about supplier and job opportunities.

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    I imagine there will be a lot of interest in the tourism factor the wind farm will bring to the area. I see the question of fishing in the area has been bought up previously, but what about the air space overhead. I can imagine sightseeing by light plane and helicopters would be an amazing activity, so what restrictions would be put in place regarding safety protocols?

    asked 9 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch. It’s great to see you’re passionate about tourism opportunities for this exciting project. It’s still early days and we’re keen to work with the government and other regulators like the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to understand potential air space requirements near the turbines. As the project progresses, we’ll keep you updated on tourism opportunities and any requirements associated with them. Feel free to register for updates to receive the latest project information.

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    Will amature fishing & boating be restricted within the designated area

    John Murphy asked 9 months ago

    Thanks for your question, John. We don’t expect too many issues during our site investigations phase, but we’ll ensure Notice to Mariners are sent so people are aware of our activities – best to generally avoid our vessels when the investigations are happening.

    If the wind farm proceeds to construction and operation, we would hope to see some benefits for fishing and boating. There are examples on other offshore wind projects from around the world where fishing is allowed near the turbines (and can lead to benefits by creating artificial reefs that attract fish). We’re keen to work with recreational fishers and the fishing industry to understand how we can co-exist – the first step is to understand when and where people fish in the area so we can factor this into the project planning. Of course, safety will be a driving force meaning there would need to be restrictions during construction if the project goes ahead.

    We’ll be looking to do more detailed consultation with fishers so please keep following our updates and share your feedback on how you fish in the area.

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    will you be looking for accomodation. we have currently 3 BNB's in the area if needed

    Sharyn asked 9 months ago

    Hi Sharyn, thanks for reaching out. We’re often in Gippsland so please feel free to send us the details to info@starofthesouth.com.au or give us a call on 1800 340 340 and we’ll keep these options in mind. We’re keen to support local businesses and the community where possible.

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    Will there be a boating exclusion zone Will they be visible from shore especially the prom

    Johno asked 9 months ago

    Thanks for your questions.

    We recognise that commercial fishers have legislated rights to fish within our licenced area and we know that recreational fishing is also important to locals and visiting tourists. We are open to working with government, fishers and local communities on this issue, recognising the need to ensure everyone’s safety around an operating wind farm.

    We're keen to hear about the different types of use in the licence area (such as fishing) to help us understand what that could mean for us. We are also studying best practice in co-use of licenced offshore wind sites overseas.

    Regarding your question about what you might see, the turbines would be visible from along the coast but at a distance – the project would be around 10 kilometres away at its nearest point and even further from the Prom. During the project's design phase and as part of our environmental assessments, we would do studies into what people would be able to see from the coast - we'll share that information as it comes to hand.

    Please feel free to give us a call on 1800 340 340 if you would like to have a chat about these issues.

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    will there be an exclusion zone around the wind mills once installed? what is the implications for fishing and access to the area ear marked for the project?

    Glenn asked 9 months ago

    We recognise that commercial fishers have legislated rights to fish within our licenced area and we know that recreational fishing is also important to locals and visiting tourists.

    We are open to working with government, fishers and local communities on this issue, recognising the need to ensure everyone’s safety around an operating wind farm.

    We're keen to hear about the different types of use in the licence area (such as fishing) to help us understand what that could mean for us. We are also studying best practice in co-use of licenced offshore wind sites overseas.

    Please feel free to give us a call on 1800 340 340 if you would like to have a chat about this issue.

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    Hi I already work in the Gippsland region on a vessel doing platform support for the oil and gas rigs as a integrated rating (deckhand). I am very interested in this project and was wondering is there any training or information that could put me in a better position to becoming part of the project. I understand the project is still a long way from getting off the ground. Any information would be appreciated regards Hugh

    hughgles asked 9 months ago

    Thanks very much for your question, Hugh. 

    One of the reasons we are consulting so early is to understand what kind of skills are out there and what sort of training pathways might be needed for a new industry. While we don't have anything formal established at this point, we encourage people to register for our updates so we can keep you informed on progress and opportunities.

    Thanks again for your interest.

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    Hi, I see in the latest news item that if approved you could start construction in 2020. I wanted to know how far along you are in the design process and if there was someone I could talk with regarding aids to navigation, aviation lighting and other safety lightling. I would like to share our experience and help in any way we can. Thank you, Jeremy

    jjtygielski asked 9 months ago

    Thanks for your question and interest. 

    We're currently still in the feasibility stage and expect to start our detailed site investigations out at sea later this year. So 2020 would be too early for construction. Please feel free to give us a call on 1800 340 340 for opportunities and to learn more about where we are at with the project.

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    Do we need to register for information session attendance? Regards, Bill O’Halloran

    Bill O’H asked 9 months ago

    Hi Bill - no need to register. You are welcome to come to the start of the session to hear a brief presentation or drop in any time for a chat during the advertised times.

    Thanks for your interest.

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    Hi there, An experienced environmental management and science professional, I am interested to know if the project will be looking for new employees soon or into the future? Ben

    Ben asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Ben, thanks for your interest in job opportunities on this exciting project. It's still early days on the project - we're currently doing site investigations to confirm the project's feasibility and what's involved to bring offshore wind to Australia. If the project meets feasibility and approvals, works could start in the mid 2020s, building up to full power by 2027.   As the project progresses we will keep people updated about potential job opportunities. You can register for updates at https://getinvolved.starofthesouth.com.au/register to stay informed. We also post jobs on Seek.

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    Hi there, i fish this area in about 20 - 30 meters of water for gummy sharks, flathead and snapper. How close can we get to the wind turbines? Will there be exclusion zones?

    Ilja Dijkstra asked about 2 months ago

    Hi there Ilja, thanks so much for your question. We believe that many types of fishing – including all recreational fishing – can occur in an operational wind farm. In fact, we know from looking at other offshore wind projects around the world that it is possible, but every country has its own regulations. Because this is Australia’s first offshore wind farm there are no existing regulations and they will have to be developed by the government. We don’t want to exclude fishers, and we want to ensure everybody’s safety – so it’s about finding the right approach that is safe and fair. We’re doing some work to identify good principles and suggestions for sharing the waters here in Gippsland. We’re keen to hear ideas and learn more about when, how and what people fish in the area. I see you've completed our survey - thanks so much for this! You can find more information on this topic in our 'fishing and offshore wind' factsheet here: https://getinvolved.starofthesouth.com.au/about-the-project1 If you have more questions or would like to have a chat to the team about this, feel free to call us on 1800 340 340.

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    Will fishing be allowed in the proposed 500 square km area?

    Wixy asked about 2 months ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for this question - we know fishing is important and we don't want to exclude people from the proposed project area.

    We believe that many types of fishing – including all recreational fishing – can occur in an operational wind farm. In fact, we know from looking at other offshore wind projects around the world that it is possible, but every country has its own regulations.

    Because this is Australia’s first offshore wind farm there are no existing regulations and they will have to be developed by the government.

    We don’t want to exclude fishers, and we want to ensure everybody’s safety – so it’s about finding the right approach that is safe and fair. We’re doing some work to identify good principles and suggestions for sharing the waters here in Gippsland.

    We’re keen to hear ideas and learn more about when, how and what people fish in the area.

    Please complete our survey and share your views and ideas on this topic. https://getinvolved.starofthesouth.com.au/survey-share-your-feedback

    You can find more information in our 'fishing and offshore wind' factsheet here: https://getinvolved.starofthesouth.com.au/about-the-project1

    If you have more questions or would like to have a chat to the team about this, feel free to call us on 1800 340 340.