How can I provide feedback on the project?

    Consultation is now open until 17 May. You can use the survey and map on this website to share feedback, call us on 1800 340 340 or email info@starofthesouth.com.au

    When will your Yarram office open?

    We’ve signed a lease for an office on Commercial Road in Yarram. We’re getting it ready for visitors. When it is safe for gatherings and other face-to-face meetings to continue, we’ll open the office.

    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 in local newspapers and on Seek as they become available.

    Register on this website  to be kept informed of opportunities.

    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?

    We are currently building our understanding of capabilities in the market and will have more information for the supply chain later this year. Be sure to register your details on this website to stay informed or email us.

    Will fishing be permitted inside the wind farm?

    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.

    Find more: Fishing and offshore wind fact sheet

    Will I be able to navigate my boat between turbines?

    Assuming government regulations permit boats and fishing in the wind farm, we expect there would be plenty of space for vessels 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 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.

    How long would construction take?

    Onshore works would take up to three years and offshore construction up to five years.

    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.

    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?

    Earlier this year technical specialists began desktop studies and initial field work to understand the local environment. 

    We’ll start a range of more detailed surveys, some extending over 12-months or more, later this year. These surveys will give us a good understanding of existing conditions and support the project’s planning and environmental assessments. 

    Our environmental assessments will cover a range of topics such as ecology, heritage, land use planning, visual, social and business.

    Find more: Environmental assessments fact sheet

    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 three established global suppliers for offshore wind turbine generators. This component is not currently available in Australia, however there is potential to localise turbine sub-components and we'll work with local industry to identify opportunities.

    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.