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Understanding local conditions

We're doing detailed investigations out at sea and on land in Gippsland to gather information about the local area and conditions.

These investigations are helping us to plan for and design Australia's first offshore wind project.

The information we collect will inform the project's environmental assessments and engineering.

Studies and site investigations will include:

  • Measuring wind and wave conditions
  • Studies to understand more about the seabed
  • Marine mammal, bird and other environmental studies
  • Community and stakeholder consultation to understand local perspectives
  • Transmission, grid and engineering capacity studies
  • Economic studies, including identifying opportunities for local industry.

Throughout the investigations phase, we will work closely with all levels of government and Traditional Owners on the potential to develop the Star of the South project into the future.


Current investigations

Local site investigations started in November 2019 and will be ongoing. Some studies will continue for several years.

Investigations now underway:

  • Wind and wave monitoring
  • Marine mammal sound monitoring
  • Onshore ecology surveys for native flora and fauna
  • Visual and digital surveys for marine mammals and birds
  • Wave and current monitoring

Completed investigations include:

  • Seabed studies (geophysical investigations) to understand seabed conditions
  • Onshore soil testing to understand ground conditions
  • Onshore topographic and feature surveys
  • Fish surveys
  • Bird, seal and penguin tagging

Monitoring equipment locations

EquipmentDevice NamePurposeNaturePosition
Subsea wave and current monitorsWest AWACWave and current meterAnchored to seafloor no surface buoyS38 47.265E146 35.331
East AWACWave and current meterAnchored to seafloor no surface buoyS38 41.609E146 46.555
Subsea marine mammal sound monitorsSouthwestMarine mammal acoustic deviceAnchored to seafloor no surface buoyS38 50.138E147 46.039
NortheastMarine mammal acoustic deviceAnchored to seafloor no surface buoyS38 42.187E147 05.975
Offshore-2Marine mammal acoustic deviceAnchored to seafloor no surface buoyS38 52.013E147 17.747
Offshore-1Marine mammal acoustic deviceAnchored to seafloor no surface buoyS38 51.649E147 06.237
Tracking-SoutheastMarine mammal acoustic deviceAnchored to seafloor no surface buoyS38 52.229E146 55.066
Tracking-CentreMarine mammal acoustic deviceMarine mammal acoustic deviceS38 51.427E146 54.819
Tracking-NorthMarine mammal acoustic deviceMarine mammal acoustic deviceS38 50.779E146 55.717
Tracking-SouthwestMarine mammal acoustic deviceMarine mammal acoustic deviceS38 51.072E146 53.674
Floating wind and wave monitorsLiDAR buoy SOTS 1Wave height and windAnchored, floatingS38 51.117E146 52.149
LiDAR buoy SOTS 2Wave height and windAnchored, floatingS38 40.463E147 01.314
Wave buoy SOTS 1Wave heightAnchored, floatingS38 47.151E146 56.027
Subsea Great White Shark sound monitorsInstallation planned for October

Keeping you informed

You can find information about investigations, including all Notice to Mariners for offshore investigations and works notifications for onshore investigations, on the right side of this page.

Notice to Mariners are also distributed via the Australian Hydrographic Service.

If you have any questions about our investigations please ask us a question, call or email us.

Register for monthly e-news or follow us on Facebook for regular project updates.

Understanding local conditions

We're doing detailed investigations out at sea and on land in Gippsland to gather information about the local area and conditions.

These investigations are helping us to plan for and design Australia's first offshore wind project.

The information we collect will inform the project's environmental assessments and engineering.

Studies and site investigations will include:

  • Measuring wind and wave conditions
  • Studies to understand more about the seabed
  • Marine mammal, bird and other environmental studies
  • Community and stakeholder consultation to understand local perspectives
  • Transmission, grid and engineering capacity studies
  • Economic studies, including identifying opportunities for local industry.

Throughout the investigations phase, we will work closely with all levels of government and Traditional Owners on the potential to develop the Star of the South project into the future.


Current investigations

Local site investigations started in November 2019 and will be ongoing. Some studies will continue for several years.

Investigations now underway:

  • Wind and wave monitoring
  • Marine mammal sound monitoring
  • Onshore ecology surveys for native flora and fauna
  • Visual and digital surveys for marine mammals and birds
  • Wave and current monitoring

Completed investigations include:

  • Seabed studies (geophysical investigations) to understand seabed conditions
  • Onshore soil testing to understand ground conditions
  • Onshore topographic and feature surveys
  • Fish surveys
  • Bird, seal and penguin tagging

Monitoring equipment locations

EquipmentDevice NamePurposeNaturePosition
Subsea wave and current monitorsWest AWACWave and current meterAnchored to seafloor no surface buoyS38 47.265E146 35.331
East AWACWave and current meterAnchored to seafloor no surface buoyS38 41.609E146 46.555
Subsea marine mammal sound monitorsSouthwestMarine mammal acoustic deviceAnchored to seafloor no surface buoyS38 50.138E147 46.039
NortheastMarine mammal acoustic deviceAnchored to seafloor no surface buoyS38 42.187E147 05.975
Offshore-2Marine mammal acoustic deviceAnchored to seafloor no surface buoyS38 52.013E147 17.747
Offshore-1Marine mammal acoustic deviceAnchored to seafloor no surface buoyS38 51.649E147 06.237
Tracking-SoutheastMarine mammal acoustic deviceAnchored to seafloor no surface buoyS38 52.229E146 55.066
Tracking-CentreMarine mammal acoustic deviceMarine mammal acoustic deviceS38 51.427E146 54.819
Tracking-NorthMarine mammal acoustic deviceMarine mammal acoustic deviceS38 50.779E146 55.717
Tracking-SouthwestMarine mammal acoustic deviceMarine mammal acoustic deviceS38 51.072E146 53.674
Floating wind and wave monitorsLiDAR buoy SOTS 1Wave height and windAnchored, floatingS38 51.117E146 52.149
LiDAR buoy SOTS 2Wave height and windAnchored, floatingS38 40.463E147 01.314
Wave buoy SOTS 1Wave heightAnchored, floatingS38 47.151E146 56.027
Subsea Great White Shark sound monitorsInstallation planned for October

Keeping you informed

You can find information about investigations, including all Notice to Mariners for offshore investigations and works notifications for onshore investigations, on the right side of this page.

Notice to Mariners are also distributed via the Australian Hydrographic Service.

If you have any questions about our investigations please ask us a question, call or email us.

Register for monthly e-news or follow us on Facebook for regular project updates.