EARTH MOVERS: Shane Charles, Dave Johnson, Paul McVeigh, Dr Anthony Lynham and Keith Campbell turn the first sod for the Coopers Gap wind farm.
EARTH MOVERS: Shane Charles, Dave Johnson, Paul McVeigh, Dr Anthony Lynham and Keith Campbell turn the first sod for the Coopers Gap wind farm. Contributed

How many local jobs has wind farm created?

ONCE complete, the Coopers Gap wind farm will generate enough renewable energy to power approximately 264,000 average Australian homes.

Currently in construction phase, approximately 200 workers are involved in erecting the 123 wind turbines.

But just how many of the workers involved in constructing one of Australia's largest wind farms are locals?

Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce president Rob Fitz-Herbert said creating local jobs was a high priority and he did all he could to make sure locals did not miss an opportunity to work on such a large project.

"We were lobbying for a virtual job board where all the employers were on one spreadsheet," he said.

"This was so South Burnett job seekers would know who best to contact."

Health and safety co-ordinator for Catcon, Peter Christie said having a local contingent at the Coopers Gap project was a priority.

"There are approximately 80 workers from the South Burnett and Western Downs region," he said.

"We try and engage as many locals as we can; it is better for us."

With 123 turbines being constructed, the Coopers Gap wind farm website states the facility will be complete by June 2019.

"I would say the first tower will be up in November this year," Mr Christie said.

Once constructed, it's expected 15 to 20 permanent full-time employees will be required.

"We are currently training up some guys from Nanango who will fill some of those maintenance roles," Mr Christie said.

"They will be assisting in construction and logistics and will then step into the maintenance roles."

The follow on from the Coopers Gap project was compounded throughout the community.

"There are about 80 plus employees living in Kingaroy and the South Burnett," Mr Christie said.