Council welcomes Minister’s move to call in solar farm project


Burdekin Shire Council has welcomed the call-in of the solar farm project at Clare.

Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad announced her decision late yesterday afternoon. This means the State Government will decide whether the $400 million project will go ahead.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis supported the move, saying this process will save Burdekin ratepayers thousands of dollars.

“If this had continued into the Planning and Environment Court, Council would have spent many thousands of dollars addressing the appeal,” he said.

“Council supported this application as it would not only offer economic benefits to our shire, but also environmental benefits through the supply of green energy to the state electricity grid.

“It will give the Burdekin some green credentials as it’s a clean, green energy source.

“I agree with the Minister that the Clare solar farm would benefit not just the Burdekin, but the entire state.”

The Deputy Premier is required to make her decision on the project by Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

The 340-hectare Clare Solar Farm project would be one of the largest in the nation and would generate enough renewable energy to supply power to about 65,000 homes.

For more information of the Clare Solar Farm development “call-in” visit:


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