Dulacca Wind Farm
Protection of cultural heritage and endangered species are an integral part of the construction and operation of Dulacca Wind Farm.
Octopus Australia focuses on investing into renewable energy assets in Australia. We’re committed to making sure the farms we run and invest in maintain ties with local communities and provide more homes with clean energy.
Location: Between the communities of Dulacca and Drillham, Western Downs Region, Queensland.
Energy production: 180 MW nameplate capacity, producing energy to power 124,000 Queensland households.
Jobs created: Peak of 150 onsite during construction, 5-10 fulltime roles during ongoing operation, plus positive impact on local supply chains
Size: The site covers ~8000 hectares of land, of which ~2% is used by the project.
Dulacca Wind Farm is currently under construction and is forecast to be completed in late-2023. The site was selected for its strong wind resource and proximity to transmission and transport networks. The land is predominantly used for cattle grazing, with some cropping – the wind farm will co-exist with ongoing farming activity.
Octopus acknowledges the Barunggam People as the traditional custodians of the land upon which Dulacca Wind Farm is located. The project has worked with Barunggam representatives, throughout development and construction, to respect the cultural heritage of the area.
The project is committed to supporting the local community. A Community Fund has been established to provide funding for projects run by local groups. The project is actively engaged with local schools, providing them with an ongoing supply of leftover construction materials and proceeds from site container recycling.
The project site falls within the habitat area of the native and endangered Dulacca Woodland Snail. Throughout development, particular attention was paid to minimising impact on potential habitat sites. A 3 hectare area of degraded habitat was secured as an offset area, and will be rehabilitated and actively managed by the project with the intention of supporting a healthy snail population.