Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad, has evoked ‘call in’ powers over the development of the Clare solar farm.
‘Call in’ powers allow Infrastructure Ministers to promote themselves to the role of assessment manager within a development if a project is of economic or environmental interest to the state.
The project is being funded by global solar company FRV with plans to invest up to $400 million to develop 340 hectares of farmland and estates into a largescale solar farm.
The decision was made after considering submissions selected by the Burdekin Shire Council.
“Council’s original decision to approve this development, which was subject to appeal to the Planning and Environment Court, will be set aside and a new assessment will be made,” Trad said.
The solar farm will generate enough renewable energy to power around 65,000 Queensland homes and is expected to provide 200 jobs during construction.
“I have notified all stakeholders, including the applicant, the Council and submitters of my decision to ‘call in’ the proposed development,” she said.
“As the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, I want to ensure that the economic and environmental interests of this part of the State are promoted and that the impacts on the viability of important agricultural industries are carefully considered."
‘Call in’ powers form under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.
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