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Developing a wind farm requires a great deal of reporting, impact assessment and research. EBS Ecology's involvement with the Hornsdale Wind Farm project commenced some five years ago and is still ongoing. EBS Ecology's involvement with the Hornsdale Wind Farm has been multifaceted, having completed numerous ecological surveys and reports for the project.
Managing Director at NEOEN Australia, Franck Woitiez, was quick to praise EBS Ecology for their work in ensuring the project is delivered and operated with minimum adverse impact on the surrounding environment. “In particular, EBS assisted Hornsdale to identify the presence of the Nationally Endangered Pygmy Blue-tongue Lizard and to develop a lizard management plan in conjunction with the Commonwealth Department of Environment (DoE) that will ensure that the local lizard population is protected during construction of the wind farm and beyond,” Mr Woitiez said.
EBS has undertaken targeted surveys for this species and has coordinated the legislative approvals required for the wind farm to proceed. An offset area was required, as part of approval condition, EBS (in collaboration with the SA Museum and Flinders University), is currently in the process of developing a Scientific Research and Monitoring Plan, as well as an Offset Management plan.
EBS Ecology has also provided native vegetation clearance reports and a pest plant and animal management plan for the site to manage the risk of new pest species being introduced to the project area during the construction and operational phases of the wind farm.
Mr Woitiez said, “The project has been developed in a sustainable and transparent manner, with care taken to ensure the support of the local community and to maximise benefits, both to South Australia and the ACT.”
Hornsdale Wind Farm Site