Wooroora Station Wind Farm

Ark Energy has withdrawn the proposal from the federal environmental assessment process. More.

Read and watch testimonials of support from the Jirrbal Traditional Owners, Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Tablelands Regional Council and some of the region's largest employers - representing hundreds of people from the science, business and local communities.

Wooroora Station Wind Farm was proposed for a cattle grazing property about 15 km south of Ravenshoe in north Queensland. It involved 42 wind turbines with a generation capacity of 294 megawatts of renewable energy, and presented a huge opportunity for the local area.

Wooroora Station Wind Farm - Overview (PDF)

  • More than 4,000 hrs of ecology and survey work and 3,000 hrs of consultation with community and ecology stakeholders.
  • Complete avoidance of most sensitive environmental areas on the property including patches of intact wet sclerophyll forest contiguous with the world heritage area and known magnificent brood frog habitat.
  • Precautionary 1 km buffer to the wet tropics boundary (science suggests 450 m is maximum required to avoid edge effects).
  • Rehabilitation of minimum 70% of the initial disturbance, focused on habitat for key species.
  • First Nations-led integrated pest management and fire management programs to manage widespread feral pests (pigs, dogs, cats) and invasive weeds (Lantana camara, Candy leaf, Siam weed).
  • Commitment to create 1,255 hectares of protected magnificent brood frog reserves and provide $250,000 for research to improve knowledge of the species.
  • Commitment to establish strategic and generous environmental offset areas that are up to 24 times the size of the initial disturbance – protecting key patches of wet sclerophyll, improving connectivity between Koombooloomba National Park and Yourka Reserve Nature Refuge, and improving potential habitat for magnificent brood frog, northern greater glider, spectacled flying-fox, masked owl and koala.

Hear from the project’s Traditional Owners and lead ecologist about the design evolution of Wooroora Station Wind Farm to avoid environmental impacts and achieve nature positive outcomes, as well as the opportunities it presented for local First Nations people.

The proposal was approved by the Queensland Government in June 2022.

After being in the federal environmental assessment process for three years and the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water issuing a fifth extension to its decision date, the proposal was withdrawn from the federal environmental assessment process in April 2024.

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