The 2018 Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW this month over 17-18 September.

Joining us at the conference is Ms Lavinia Dack, Executive Director, Regional Developments at Economic Development Queensland who will present on ‘Delivering Solar Differently in the Sunshine State’.

Ms Lavinia Dack


With an average of over 300 days of sunshine a year in Queensland, solar is an ideal renewable energy source, however finding a suitable site that is also financially feasible can often prove challenging.

As part of the Queensland Government’s Advancing our cities and regions strategy, which aims to renew underutilised state land to generate jobs and drive economic growth, Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) embarked on an analysis of current land holdings to identify if there was a site suitable for renewable energy.

A 1,250 hectare site in Aldoga, Gladstone was identified as favourable due to its proximity to a cost effective high voltage network, suitable land conditions and good solar irradiance.

To ensure this project came to life, and to catalyse economic and community benefits, the land was offered to market via a unique delivery model to find a private sector delivery partner.

The result, a delivery proposal that successfully attracted a high level of national and international competition. Global energy giant Acciona Energy has been selected as EDQ’s partner. Key aspects of the agreement are:
• delivery of a 265 megawatt solar farm
• generation of 240 jobs during construction
• a lease period of 30 years that maximises interim land use with ongoing income
• improvements to the land with services and roads ideal for future industry attraction
• giving back to locals through a community benefit fund for the life of the project.

Delegates will leave this presentation with an understanding of the land identification process and a delivery blueprint for one of Australia’s largest solar developments.

1. Overview of the Aldoga renewable energy project in Gladstone.
2. Renewable energy land identification process.
3. Economic Development Queensland’s delivery model for this project.


Lavinia Dack is passionate about the importance of Queensland’s regions. In her role as Executive Director, Regional Developments for Economic Development Queensland, Lavinia is responsible for the delivery of residential, industrial and urban renewal development projects in regional Queensland with a strong community engagement focus. Lavinia has range of experience, gained in Australia and the UK, across project feasibility, business case development, design management, procurement and project delivery.

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