The proposed Victorian Renewable Energy Terminal is a port facility which would serve as a base of operations for the assembly of offshore wind farms.
The Terminal would be situated within the Port of Hastings, to the southeast of Melbourne and approximately 72 kilometres from the CBD.
Works would include:
- Landside development
- Land reclamation
- Construction of a reinforced quay
- Dredging to allow for ship access.
|EPBC Act Referral Decision
|The Port of Hastings was identified by the Victorian Government as the likely preferred port to support offshore wind construction, subject to necessary community and industry consultation and environment and planning approvals.
|The Minister for Planning decided that an environmental effects statement would be required for the proposed project.
|The Federal Government released a decision under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act) on the proposed action by the Port of Hastings Corporation to develop and operate a Victorian Renewable Energy Terminal to facilitate offshore wind assembly within the Port of Hastings. The Government found that the Corporation’s proposal would have “clearly unacceptable impacts” on protected matters under the Act. The decision was met with some concern in industry, serving as a stark reminder for the Commonwealth of the difficulty of balancing immediate specific environmental considerations against the long-term, large-scale impacts of not meeting the transition task.