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Wind farm on Tasmanian beef property to send renewable energy to national grid

The rugged west coast of Tasmania is an ideal place to raise cattle — if you can handle the wind.

For more than half a century, Royce Smith's family has produced premium grass-fed beef at blustery Granville Harbour.

Along the way Mr Smith has lost three clotheslines to the roaring forties — winds gusting up to 200 kilometres per hour directly off the Southern Ocean.

The persistent wind created the opportunity to diversify the farm in a big way.

Paddocks have been turned into a construction site for a 31-turbine wind farm.

"I guess you could say we are now drought proof," Mr Smith said.

The third-generation farmer said the project has secured the family farm's future.

"I've been able to employ more people and we are improving the property with good fences," he said.

Key points:

  • A 31-turbine, $280m wind farm to be built on beef farm
  • Farmer says wind farm will secure future of farm
  • Electricity will be exported to mainland


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Tas Country Hour   (8 April 2019)