The Carisbrook Solar Farm requires planning approval from Central Goldfields Shire under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. This Act and Victoria’s State Planning Policy Framework require a number of detailed assessments to be undertaken as part of the planning application. These include detailed studies on:

  • Biodiversity;
  • Post-contact and Aboriginal cultural heritage;
  • Visual amenity and landscape character;
  • Flooding and drainage; and;
  • Land use and resources.

The proposal has been developed to avoid or minimise impacts to the environment and surrounding sensitive uses.

Potential assessment timeline

January 2018 – May 2018

  • Detailed environmental assessments


May 2018

  • Carisbrook Solar Farm Community Open Day (complete)


August 2018

  • Submit planning permit application


September 2018

  • Notice/exhibition of permit


Early 2019

  • Receive Development Approval – January / February 2019 (approximate)


Late 2019

  • Begin construction of solar farm

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