Major opportunity breezes in

3D rendering cutaway of GE's 3.2-130 wind turbine from the 3MW Platform Turbines at Coopers Gap
3D rendering cutaway of GE's 3.2-130 wind turbine from the 3MW Platform Turbines at Coopers Gap Contributed

WHEN the Coopers Gap wind farm project starts construction in the new year it will be built with local labour as much as possible.

The project managers from Catcon and GE were in Kingaroy on Wednesday to speak at a community meeting about the project.

More than 300 construction roles will be needed to get the turbines up and running over the 20 months of construction.

Catcon has been involved in about 13 wind farm projects.

Catcon project manager Luke Taylor said the aim was to employ as many local people and sub-contractors as possible.

"Engagement in local people is a big key, they know who the key suppliers are an a lot of local knowledge brings strength to what we do,” he said.

"With our works there is everything from stationary orders in the local towns right up to million dollar supply packages.

"Wet and dry hire machine hire, fencing, transport, couriers, gate supply, cranes, heavy lifts.

"Everything is open, we self perform portions of the work ourselves and have a core team and then from there filter in local content as we can.

"The opportunity to get on board will come in a variety of ways.”

There will be basic construction roles as well, where labourers will only need a white card to work on site.

However the project will take unskilled labour.

Currently there is minor works happening on the site while it's still in the design phase, roadworks will start in January and erection of turbines mid-year.

The recruitment process will start soon.

The project will require skilled operators and unskilled labour for basic work.

Depending on wind, the turbines take about two and a half days to put up.

The turbines will be built in Asia based on German design and Australia will be the first country to have the model of turbine that will be used.

GE will also have a 25 year service contract to service and maintain the wind turbines which will create about 15 ongoing positions.

For more information about opportunities at the wind farm email and for employment inquiries email

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