SUNDAY November 11 saw the flags flying outside the Sailors Home Hall to mark the start of guided tours of the Murra Warra Wind Farm.

The tours were booked out early, as eager residents of the region looked to sate their
curiosity of what all the fuss is about.

The tours kicked off with a presentation from Construction Manager, Gavin Cason. He gave an overview of the windfarm, and included some fun facts on the amount of concrete and steel it takes to make a turbine base. 606 cubic metres concrete and 71 tonnes of steel.

Visitors then boarded the bus to take a drive around the site.

The bus toured turbine bases in various stages of preparation, from a freshly dug hole in the ground, through to a base reinforced and formwork in place ready for concrete to be poured, a complete concreted base and finally, the completed base waiting for the turbine to be assembled above the ground.

It provided a valuable insight into what lies below these monster turbines. The tour then proceeded to the operational hub of the Wind Farm, past the concrete batching station, the operations offices, the switchyard and the substation.

A quick drive past the quarry, and the tours concluded back at the Sailors Home Hall
for everyone to enjoy a locally

Questions came fast and thick on the bus, with the number of people employed on site being the most popular.

The answer of 320 provided gasps of awe from along the bus.

An Open Day will be held in December, where members of the public will be able to
view up close the blades and turbines that make up each turbine, before they are hoisted
139 metres into the air.