Frequently asked questions
How can I provide feedback on the project?
We will collect feedback at key stages throughout the project's development, but you can contact us anytime on 1800 340 340 or email email@example.com.
When is your Yarram office open?
We're open Mondays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm. If you can't make it into the office we're available on 1800 340 340 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I get a job on the project?
Most jobs on the project will come during construction and operation. If the project meets feasibility and approvals, construction could start in the mid 2020s. Right now, we are advertising jobs on our website, in local newspapers and on Seek as they become available.
What type of jobs would the project create?
Direct jobs from the wind farm 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.
How can I supply the project?
For information about supply chain opportunities and to register interest in the project, please visit our Industry Capability Network Gateway. Businesses can register through ICN to hear industry updates and get the latest information about opportunities on the project.
Will fishing be permitted inside the wind farm?
We believe that many types of fishing – including recreational fishing – could 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. Find more: Fishing and offshore wind fact sheet
Will I be able to navigate my boat between turbines?
We expect there would be plenty of space for boats to travel through. Typical layouts allow around 1km between turbines and more space between the turbine rows.
When does construction start?
It’s still very early days for the project – if everything goes well with our studies, approvals and business case, the earliest construction could start is around the mid 2020s, although that is an ambitious timeframe for what is potentially such a big project.
How long would construction take?
Up to five years - this includes both the offshore and onshore works needed for the project.
Who's involved in investigating and developing the project?
The Star of the South is a private company comprised of Australian founders and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) – a global leader in offshore wind.
Members of our team have worked in the Australian energy and global offshore wind industries for many years.
Australia doesn’t currently have any offshore wind farms, so we are really lucky to have CIP on board – CIP is one of the world’s leading infrastructure funds, with significant experience in offshore wind.
Would the turbines be decommissioned when the project is finished?
At this early stage, we anticipate that the offshore structures (such as the turbines) would be removed. Onshore infrastructure would be expected to be left in the ground and above ground infrastructure such as substations removed. Port and harbour facilities would be repurposed for other offshore activities and projects. Requirements for decommissioning would be established through planning approvals for the project.
Will you be able to see the turbines from land?
Yes. The closest point of the wind farm would be around 7kms from the coast and is expected to be a visible from land.
What environmental assessments are you doing?
The project will be assessed through a comprehensive environmental assessment process - a Victorian Environment Effects Statement (EES) and a Commonwealth Environment Impact Statement (EIS) - considering topics such as ecology, heritage, land use planning, visual, social and business.
We’ve got several environmental surveys underway to give us a good understanding of existing conditions.
Find more: Environmental assessment and approvals
What is the ownership of Star of the South?
Star of the South is a private company comprised of Australian founders and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners - a global leader in offshore wind.
Where would the turbines be made?
There are currently only a few established global suppliers for offshore wind turbine generators. This component is not currently available in Australia.
What are wind conditions like off the Gippsland coast?
Our wind and wave monitoring equipment has been in place since late 2019 and so far shows good wind conditions in the project Licence Area, consistent with historical data from the Bureau of Meteorology.