Bass Strait Region Offshore Wind Announcement

The Hon Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy, has proposed an area within Commonwealth waters in the Bass Strait for offshore renewable energy, particularly offshore wind. The proposed area is at least 20km from the north coast of Tasmania and surrounding islands.

Offshore wind can help to maintain a secure energy supply, decarbonise the economy with year-round clean energy generation and drive regional jobs growth.

Consultation on this proposed area is now open and we seek your feedback on the area and how offshore wind could share the area with other users and interests. Your feedback will help inform the Minister’s decision on whether the proposed area is suitable for offshore wind energy.

We encourage your feedback through a submission in our Have Your Say portal. Submissions close at 11:59 PM on 31 January 2024. For the Minister to consider your submission, it must be provided through the Consultation Hub by this deadline.

A number of supporting documents are available on the Have Your Say portal. These provide information on the offshore wind consultation and declaration process, as well additional information on the area.

Our team is hosting five community drop-in sessions in Bridport, George Town, Devonport, Burnie and Whitemark where our team will be happy to discuss the proposed area and answer any questions you may have. There is no formal presentation at these sessions, they are designed to enable the community and other stakeholders to drop in at any time throughout the session time to have their questions answered. Details of these sessions are below:

Town Time and Date Location

Monday 4 December 2023


Bridport Hotel


79 Main St, Bridport

George Town

Monday 4 December 2023


George Town Memorial Hall – Graham Fairless Centre


29-67 Macquarie St, George Town


Tuesday 5 December 2023


Upper Burnie Memorial Hall


242 Mount St, Upper Burnie


Tuesday 5 December 2023


East Devonport Recreation & Function Centre – Community Room


67 Caroline St, East Devonport

Flinders Island

Wednesday 6 December 2023


Flinders Arts & Entertainment Centre (FAEC)


9 Patrick St, Whitemark


Please contact the Offshore Renewables Team through our mailbox at if you need any further information.