Community update – May 2023

Locally fabricated met masts, Windlab in Hughenden, Windlab and Cultural Heritage, and project milestones for Q2

June 5, 2023

Locally fabricated met masts to be installed

Four meteorological masts, or ‘met mast’,  will be installed across the Prairie and Wongalee project areas in the coming months to verify the wind data recorded by the ground-based wind monitoring equipment.

The met masts will range in height from 100m to 150m and record important wind data, including speed, direction, temperature, and pressure at around the height proposed for the turbines. The masts also record wind turbulence more precisely.

The masts are constructed in sections, with each section measuring 3 meters long and up to 50 sections making up a mast. These sections are being fabricated in Hughenden by local business RAT Engineering.

The masts will stay in place until Prairie and Wongalee reach the construction phase, then the masts will be redeployed to other project areas.

Windlab in Hughenden

Windlab will be at the Hughenden Show this weekend. Please drop by our stall opposite the cattle yards for a chat with the project team on Friday or Saturday. We are delighted to be sponsoring the show’s fireworks display this year – we hope to see you there!

As the major sponsor of the Windlab Hughenden Rugby 7’s, our management and project team will also be attending the carnival again this year.

Windlab and Cultural Heritage

Windlab are working closely with the Yirendali People to establish a Cultural Heritage Management Agreement and Shared Benefits Agreement for the Prairie and Wongalee projects. The collaboration will ensure the Yirendali People’s Cultural Heritage is protected, and sustainable outcomes for the Traditional Owners, throughout operations and into the future.

Project milestones for NQSH Q2, 2023

  • EPBC (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation) referral for Wongalee has been lodged.