THE impacts of Senvion's administration on the Murra Warra Wind Farm are still not entirely known.
Senvion is the Murra Warra Wind Farm's turbine supplier and installer. The German-based company filed for self-administration proceedings last week.
A Murra Warra Wind Farm spokesperson told the Mail-Times last week that the project would continue as normal.
Sections of Murra Warra farmer David Jochinke's property have been used for the farm.
"Landowners were sent a very brief email last week that didn't have much detail about what was happening," he said.
"We started getting payments for business disruption as soon as we signed a contract. Since the Senvion drama last week, no payments have been due."
Part of Wallup farmer Simon Tickner's property has also been used for the farm. He said Senvion's administration wasn't news for landholders.
"It might be news for the general public, but it's not news to us. I've been through the site (Tuesday) morning and there was still Senvion parts arriving," he said.
CEC Hopper and Sons has about 25 workers at the site. Managing director Tim Hopper said the Senvion administration hadn't affected his workers.
The construction of the wind farm has had far-reaching impacts across the Wimmera, affecting everything from the rental market to tourism.
Harcourts Horsham principal Mark Clyne said wind farm workers had dominated the region's rental market.
"There has been a shortage of quality rental homes since construction started and the wind farm contractor companies pay exorbitant rates for these houses," he said.
"It's affected professionals and families who are moving into Horsham. They have had to rent houses not suited to them because the high quality homes have been rented to workers.
"There has also been a high quantity of homeowners who have moved out of their houses and leased their properties to wind farm workers because of the financial benefits."
Mr Clyne said Harcourts didn't rent out any homes to Senvion sub-contractors, but did to other sub-contractors for the wind farm.
Horsham Rural City Council's business and tourism co-ordinator Chris McClure said the region's tourism operators had also been affected.
"The workers are staying in a lot of the self-contained houses, like Airbnb, which means tourists who would usually stay in those are now staying in motels. I know that a few motels have refused to accept wind farm workers because they want to ensure their return visitors and holidaymakers have priority," he said.
A total of 116 turbines will make up the Murra Warra Wind Farm, with the first installed in January. The farm is expected to power 220,000 homes and reduce 900,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually.
The Mail-Times contacted RES Group for comment but didn't receive a response before deadline.
The Mail-Times also contacted Business Horsham. A spokesperson said Business Horsham "would prefer not to comment on the matter."
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