How to get a job on the Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm – Colac VIC

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The Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm Project Overview

ACCIONA Energy’s Mount Gellibrand Wind Farm will be located 25 kilometres east of Colac and 17km west of Winchelsea on Victoria’s Western Plains.

The Mount Gellibrand Wind Farm will provide 189MW of clean, renewable energy a year, which is enough to supply about 88,000 households or a city the size of greater Geelong.

Powering the wind farm will be 63 turbines spread over about 25km2. The facility will include a terminal station, three electrical substations, an operations and maintenance building, 38km of access roads and up to 65km of underground and overhead cabling.

Initial construction of the Mount Gellibrand Wind Farm has begun in 2012. While a full timeline has not been finalised, it is expected to take several years. The wind farm will bring significant economic activity to the Colac region, with an estimated 200 jobs to be created during construction.

Construction will involve civil works (including building roads and excavating and pouring concrete footings), electrical installation (laying underground and overhead cabling, building substations), turbine erection (delivery of components, lifting into place and assembly by cranes) and commissioning (turning the turbines on).

Up to 20 permanent employees will be needed to operate and maintain the wind farm over its expected 25-year life. Operations will be monitored remotely via a fibre optic network which will send real time information from Mount Gellibrand to a control room in Melbourne. The turbines can be controlled remotely for the purpose of safety and maximum efficiency.

From the Acciona website

Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm Receives Final Approval 24/1/2012

Today, ACCIONA announced the Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm in south west Victoria has received final approval from the Victorian government.

Brett Wickham, ACCIONA Energy’s Director Generation, said, “We are very pleased to announce that ACCIONA’s Development Plan for the Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm has been endorsed by the Department of Planning and Community
Development enabling the project to now proceed to construction.”

A planning permit was granted by the Minister for Planning in 2006 following assessment by an independent panel for the wind farm at a site 25 kilometres east of Colac.

“This final approval enables ACCIONA to proceed to construction of the Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm.

“The Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm will bring significant economic activity and benefits to the Colac region as well as providing a new source of clean, renewable energy.”

The Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm will have the capacity to produce 189 megawatts of clean, renewable energy each year and is expected to meet the energy needs of approximately 88,000 Victorian households annually.

Construction of the project will commence by 15 March, 2012; the full construction timeline for completion has not yet been determined.

ACCIONA Energy is committed to engaging with the landowners, neighbours and the broader community to build effective relationships and ensure the success of the Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm.


Location Profile – Geelong & Great Ocean Road

Geelong, Torquay, Colac, Port Campbell, Lorne, Warrnambool, Great Ocean Road, Bells Beach, 12 Apostles, Otway National Park, Tourism, Wind Farms, Agriculture,  Surf, Fishing, Lakes, Boating, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Golf, 4×4, Trail Riding, Canoeing, Kayaking, Diving, Caves, Wineries, Waterfalls, Skydive, Museums

Population 250,000 (Geelong SA4 2011 ABS)

City of Greater Geelong Council

Geelong & Great Ocean Road – Rents as at Jul 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $165 – $380

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $220 – $ 400

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 350 – $ 725

Geelong & Great Ocean Road – House Prices as at Jul 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $145,000 – $520,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $139,000– $1.295,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $289,000 – $1.450,000


Companies Involved with the Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm Project


R. Slater & Sons (Civil)


Occupations Required at the Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm Project

  • Civil Construction Workers
  • Steel Fixers, Formworkers & Concretors
  • Plant Operators
  • Electrical Workers
  • Mechanical Workers
  • Crane Operators/Workers/Rigging/Dogging


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm Project

  • Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or VIC Licences
  • Occupational Health and Safety – Construction Induction (White Card)
  • Australian Drivers Licences
  • High Risk Work Licence for any required plant
  • Safely Working at Heights
  • Ability to pass Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening
  • Dogging/Rigging Tickets
  • First Aid Certificate


Interstate Licence Recognition

A helpful tool to finding out whether your trade qualification needs mutual recognition when working interstate.
Check out the Cribhut Daily post – Thinking about Working Interstate – Licence Recognition


Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm Project Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

An Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) is a collective industrial agreement between either an employer and a trade union acting on behalf of employees or an employer and employees acting for themselves.



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