The Burdekin Shire Council has welcomed the Minister’s approval of a solar farm at Clare.
Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad advised Council of her decision yesterday. This is a significant step towards the project being constructed on Shadforth Road, Clare.
Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis said the approval was a breakthrough for Council’s focus on economic development.
“This is great news for us and supports Council’s decision to approve the project,” he said.
“Now the Minister has approved the project, it is up to the proponents, FRV, to move it forward.”
Cr Lowis believes this is the first of many new investments to be made in the Burdekin.
“These are exciting times for our region and our Council team is working hard to ensure this, and other proposals, are handled in an efficient manner,” he said.
“Our Council is all for growing the Burdekin and diversification is one way to ensure a sustainable economy.
“The environmental benefits of this particular project will not only help the Burdekin, but also the state, through the supply of green energy directly to the state electricity grid.
“The proposed solar farm has the potential to power 65,000 homes and will give the Burdekin a clean, green energy source.”
The 340-hectare Clare Solar Farm project will be one of the largest in Australia and employ up to 200 people during its construction.