Tamar Valley Renewables, a newly established company, has approached the administrators of the collapsed Gunns group with a proposal to establish a 100-turbine wind farm on the site of the proposed Gunns' pulp mill at Bell Bay in Tasmania.

Tthe company was set up by conservation lawyer Vanessa Bleyer, who has defended anti-mill protesters, and has local and international investors.

Martin May, a director of the new company, said that “The site is positioned well for a wind farm, with on site access to the electricity grid, the Basslink adjacent to the site and favourable wind data. The project has the capacity to position Tasmania as Australia’s leading alternative energy provider, to Tasmania and the mainland."

Gunns' receivers have said that the $2 billion pulp mill may still go ahead if a buyer can be found for its permits.