Forum: Wind power – risks and opportunities for the Macedon Ranges

Thank you to everyone who came along to the meeting, a great turn out of about 75 people.

We hope to have some resources up from the night shortly.

 

We are hosting a public meeting in Gisborne on June 23 to discuss Wind power – the risks and opportunities for the Macedon Ranges.

The meeting will be on Thursday June 23, starting at 7PM at the Holy Cross primary school, 158 Hamilton Rd, New Gisborne (just near the train station).

We will present a panel of speakers including:
·    ‘micro’ wind power
·    Barry Mann, from the Woodend Integrated Sustainable Energy group (WISE) who aim to build a community-owned wind farm near Woodend
·    Tobias Geiger, from WestWind Energy who develop large scale wind farms
·    Merryn Redenbach, from Doctors for the Environment Australia, on the health impacts of our energy generation sources
·    Michael Power, from the Environment Defenders’ Office, on planning law and wind farms

At present, coal accounts for more than 85% of our electricity production here in Victoria. This will need to change profoundly as we move to a low carbon emissions future.

Wind power is particularly abundant in the Macedon Ranges region, and nearby Hepburn Wind have just completed their community-owned windfarm at Leonard’s Hill.

Could this area help to repower the state, and if so, what benefits could it bring to the community?

We hope this panel and discussion can facilitate the community discussion on this important issue.

Free event – all welcome.

For further information, Ben Courtice. Ben.courtice@foe.org.au

Organised by Friends of the Earth
http://www.melbourne.foe.org.au/

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