A $200,000 plan for a wind farm company to pay for Moyne Shire to employ a staff member to help implement its response to a declared climate emergency has been described as an "unusual situation".
Chief executive officer Bill Millard said the proposal would be for Acciona to cover the cost of the position for two years but the person would actually be employed by the council.
Mr Millard said staff were in the process of drawing up a memorandum of understanding between the company and the council detailing how the position would operate.
He said the idea was for that person to help implement the council's new climate emergency response which was passed by councillors on Tuesday.
Mr Millard said the councillors would be briefed on the position in March before it was put to a council vote.
He said if the council did elect to take up the offer, the position would be advertised and the person employed in the same way as any other council staff.
Cr Jim Doukas described the appointment as an "unusual situation" and asked if the councillors would get any say in who was employed.
But Mr Millard said councillors were not usually involved in the appointment of council staff.
Cr Doukas said he wasn't happy about it.
Work on Acciona's Mortlake South Wind Farm is well under way with foundations of the 35 turbines completed last month and blades and towers arriving on site over the coming months.
The increase in activity would see as many as 150 workers directly employed on the project.
Mortlake South Wind Farm project manager Andrew Tshaikiwsky said about 93 per cent of the workforce during civil construction had been local, coming from areas such as Purrumbete, Cobden and Warrnambool.
Since construction began in March 2019, the project's 18 kilometres of the access track network had been built and more than 11 kilometres of public roads and intersections upgraded or widened.
Acciona's underground transmission line from Mortlake to Terang has also been given the tick of approval.
"Going underground shows ACCIONA's commitment to community, and a great outcome for the local area," Mr Tshaikiwsky said.
"By the end of the year we will have a wind farm that will generate enough clean energy to power 115,000 houses."
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