Wind farm provides jobs

Colac grader operator Matt Atkinson, left, is pleased to have ongoing work at the Mount Gellibrand wind farm. Developer Acciona has hired Colac’s Tony Barrow, right, as site assistant during the construction of 44 turbines.

Colac and district workers are enjoying long-term and ongoing work close to home thanks to the construction of the Mount Gellibrand wind farm.

More than 100 workers have been onsite at the wind farm since the official first turn of the sod in April, and the numbers should continue to rise reaching about 130 at its peak.

Developer Acciona will build 44 wind turbines at the site and plans to complete the project by mid-next year.

Workers at the site include contractors and sub-contractors and people hired by developer Acciona specifically for the project.

Colac’s Tony Barrow is working for Acciona as the site assistant for the length of the project and said working on the wind farm was a great opportunity.

“It’s fantastic; it’s a real learning curve and with an international company too is really good,” Mr Barrow said.

“Even just sitting in on the concrete pours is really interesting,” he said.

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