Site investigations

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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 - continual
  • Marine mammal sound monitoring - continual
  • Onshore fauna surveys for native animals and birds - ongoing
  • Visual and digital surveys for marine mammals and birds - monthly 2020

Recently completed investigations include:

  • Seabed studies - geophysical investigations
  • Onshore soil testing to understand ground conditions
  • Onshore topographic surveys.
  • Fish surveys - June 2020
  • Bird, seal and penguin tagging

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 - continual
  • Marine mammal sound monitoring - continual
  • Onshore fauna surveys for native animals and birds - ongoing
  • Visual and digital surveys for marine mammals and birds - monthly 2020

Recently completed investigations include:

  • Seabed studies - geophysical investigations
  • Onshore soil testing to understand ground conditions
  • Onshore topographic surveys.
  • Fish surveys - June 2020
  • Bird, seal and penguin tagging

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.