March 4, 2011
In recent years, Victoria has seen substantial growth in jobs and investment in the wind energy industry, with the benefits being shared across many parts of the state.
Wind farms are a proven, economically viable way to generate clean renewable energy, and will help Victoria end its reliance on polluting coal-fired electricity.
However, the state government’s current wind farm policy threatens the future of wind energy in Victoria.
The policy requires new wind turbines to be at least 2 kilometres from any dwelling, and bans wind farms from tourist areas and growth corridors, some of which have the best wind resource in the state.
In effect, this policy makes it harder to put up a wind turbine in Victoria than to dig a coal mine.
A survey of wind companies commissioned last year by the Clean Energy Council found that between 50 and 70 per cent of proposed wind farms would be abandoned if the Coalition pursued this policy.
Wind remains the cheapest form of renewable energy we can roll out to begin to reduce our greenhouse pollution.
We call on the Government to reconsider its current wind farm policy, with a view to replacing it with one based on good planning policy and science rather than arbitrary exclusion zones.
The groups who have signed this letter represent more than one hundred thousand Victorians and include community groups, faith based groups, unions, academics and industry representatives.
Andrew Bray, Ballarat Renewable Energy And Zero Emissions
Dr. Barrie Pittock, PSM, Climate scientist and author of ‘Climate Change: The Science, Impacts and Solutions’
Bronwen Machin, Secretary, Mount Alexander Sustainability Group
Cam Walker, Campaigns Co-ordinator, Friends of the Earth
Caroline Hawkins, President, Surf Coast Energy Group
Carolyn Invargson, Convenor, Lighter Footprints
Cath James, Justice and International Mission Unit, Uniting Church Victoria and Tasmania
Chris McKiernan, Director, Red Star Coffee
Dan Cass, Dan Cass Consulting
Dan Hansen, Managing Director, Suzlon Energy Australia Pty Ltd
David Robinson, Convenor, Locals Into Victoria’s Environment
David Tonkin, Warrandyte Climate Action Now
Dean Mighell, Victorian Branch Secretary, Electrical Trades Union
Hayley Giachin, Yaubula Foundation
Ian Porter, Chief Executive Officer, Alternative Technology Association
Janet Rice, Victorian Greens
Professor Jim Falk, Climate Change Research Director, Association of
Pacific Rim Universities World Institute, Professorial Fellow, Melbourne
School of Land and Environment, University of Melbourne
John Harvey, Executive Officer, Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance
Kelly O’Shanassy, Chief Executive Officer, Environment Victoria
Lauriston Muirhead, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health
Lee Fuller, Convenor, Emerald for Sustainability
Mary Crooks, Executive Director, Victorian Women’s Trust – Watermark
Mary Dougherty, Director, Embark
Matthew Wright, Executive Director Beyond Zero Emissions
Merryn Redenbach, Co-convenor, Climate Action Moreland
Monique Decortis, The Victorian Climate Action Calendar
Nicole Morris, Director, Colonial Leisure Group
Pablo Brait, Convenor, Yarra Climate Action Now
Paul Murfitt, Chief Executive Officer, Moreland Energy Foundation Limited
Penelope Milstein, Convenor, Sustainability in Stonnington
Peter Cook, Dandenong Ranges Renewable Energy Association
Richard Keech, Convenor, Moonee Valley Climate Action
Robyn Erwin, Chelsea Heights EarthCarers
Rosanne Michie, Communications Director, Clean Energy Council
Russell Pearse, Chairman, Ararat Greenhouse Action Group Inc.
Simon Kerrison, Developer, RES Australia Pty Ltd
Simon Holmes à Court, Chairman, Hepburn Wind
Steve Dargavel, Victorian State Secretary, Australian Manufacturing
Steve Meacher, Healesville Environment Watch Inc
Tobias Geiger, Managing Director, WestWind Energy Pty Ltd
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