Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Wind farm opening sparks call for planning rethink
15 Apr 2013

The Victorian Wind Alliance is using the opening of the Macarthur wind farm to urge the State Government to revisit its wind farm planning laws. Premier Denis Napthine opened the 140 turbine wind farm in south-west Victoria on Friday. Last year, the Government introduced new laws which gave power to households to veto turbines within two km of their homes. The alliance's Andrew Bray says now is the right time for Dr Napthine to personally review those laws.

"The wind farm planning laws are really under some pressure now because the Premier himself was glowing in his praise for the wind farm and he spoke very openly of the benefits for the regional economy there, for Portland where they built the towers and the port handled all the cargo for it and also the local district around Macarthur", he said. The Premier says the rules strike the right balance and has ruled out any changes.