Starfish Hill Wind Farm
South Australia’s first wind Farm project -the Starfish Hill Wind Farm – is being established on coastal hills to the north of Cape Jervis. The $65 million project is being developed by Tarong Energy Corporation Ltd., which has energy interests in both South Australia and Queensland.
The wind farm can generate up to 34.5 megawatts of electricity from its 23 wind turbines. Starfish Hill is the first of its type in the State. It will capture the environmental benefits of wind farms – now the fastest growing form of renewable energy throughout the world. Because wind farms do not emit greenhouse gases in the generation of electricity, they are considered a highly desirable form of renewable energy.
The Starfish Hill Wind Farm will connect to ETSA Utilities’ South Australian power grid at the township of Yankalilla via a new 66kV overhead transmission line.
The project will provide South Australia with additional generation capacity with minimal environmental impact and sustainable community benefits.
For those who appreciate Art, the area is popular for landscape artists. It was Hans Heysen, SA,s most revered artist who produced some of his famous works from here. You will notice historic stone farmhouses, rolling hills, magnificent gum lined creeks in valleys of green and gold. The area is home to numerous Kangaroos, Echidnas and beautiful native birds. Resident artist and owner of Worra-Maylo, Ken Hutt would be only too happy to organize a route for you to follow in order to capture these scenic delights. The local artists often hold Exhibitions during peak holiday times which is always a must to peruse.
For the Golfer
The area boasts a choice of some fine Golf ranges. There is the Links Golf course at Lady Bay, the Yankalilla Golf Course, The Wirrina Resort Golf course and if you wish to venture further a field the Victor Harbor golf course is a 40 minute drive through the countryside.
For the diver
The recent scuttling of the Green Ghost, the warship ‘HMAS HOBART’ in August 2002 will provide the ideal underwater environment in which to encounter the “Dragon”. The leafy sea dragon is only known to exist within the gulfs and southern coastline of Australia and is a ‘must see’.
The cliffs of Second Valley, (only a 15 minute drive from Normanville) are renown in diving circles and offer fantastic diving opportunities for all levels of experience.
Normanville is surrounded by the townships of Yankalilla, Inman Valley, Lady Bay and Myponga. It is a lovely place to rest a night on your way to Second Valley, Rapid Bay and Cape Jervis, the ferry connection to Kangaroo Island. Or stay a week and enjoy all there is to offer.
There are a handful of local Wineries producing unique wines that may be reason enough to return to the area. The wide range of local foods produced offer a wide variety for all palates. There are a wide range of Restaurants to cater for all occasions. The World renowned wine region of McLaren Vale is only a 40 minute drive away. Transport can be arranged from and to Mclaren Vale so that you can relax and enjoy the Wines.
The keen fisherperson is often rewarded with the famous SA Whiting, Garfish or Snapper, one only has to eat it to appreciate the reason such a catch is so treasured.