Maps show where you can’t build a wind farm in Victoria

Posted on September 19, 2011 by

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The following maps are from the office of Brian Tee, ALP MP and shadow minister for planning.

The first map is simply where you can’t build wind farms, under coalition policy,  including the 2km setback from houses and 10km buffers around national parks (which is not in the new laws, but seems to be based on Coalition policy that calls for “The exclusion of wind farms in or near national and state parks”).

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The second appears not to include buffers around national parks, but shows all the various restrictions and where and how they impact.

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For comparison, here is a snapshot of the Victorian Wind Atlas, from Sustainability Victoria. Darker brown is areas of high wind, green to blue are low wind.

In a press release on 9 September (that included the second map above) Brian Tee called for the new laws to be scrapped.

“These laws are a disaster for the industry in Victoria and demonstrate the Baillieu Government’s lack
of vision for the environment and job creation in this state,” Mr Tee said.

“Mr Baillieu and his Planning Minister Matthew Guy have created a dense maze of wind farm “buffers”
and “bans” that have shut down Victoria for future wind farm projects.

“Wind farm companies are now closing up shop in Victoria and abandoning new projects saying the
laws will make it impossible for them to get planning approval.

“Mr Baillieu says his changes are about “fairness”, but in the months to come, the Premier will need to
explain to families who lose jobs how his changes are fair on them.”

Mr Tee said Mr Baillieu’s anti-wind farm laws had set a dangerous new precedent for policy making in
Victoria.

“It’s one thing for the Premier to admit he doesn’t like the way wind farms look – but it’s damning
when this bias translates into a wind farm policy that kills off a burgeoning industry and jobs.

“Wind farms play a crucial role in reducing Victoria’s dependence on dirty brown coal. Importantly, the
industry also supports investment in Victoria and new jobs for hundreds of families.

“Good policy making is not about acting on personal prejudices. It’s about doing what is best for the
State and the people of Victoria.

“Mr Baillieu’s anti-wind farm laws fail this test.”

Mr Tee also launched a new public campaign against Mr Baillieu’s anti-wind farm.

“I urge all Victorians who are concerned about these changes to lodge their protest by writing to
Premier Baillieu at ted.baillieu@parliament.vic.gov.au and call for him to revoke these laws.”