Yes 2 Renewables has partnered with a Central Victorian community environment group to fight back against anti-wind farm activists who have run a scare-campaign surrounding a proposed wind farm at Cherry Tree Range, in Trawool.
Opponents of the wind farm held town hall meetings, spammed the letters-to-the-editor columns in local newspapers, and distributed pamphlets making claims about wind energy that are not supported by the evidence. Nonetheless, the constant presence of anti-wind farm propaganda has convinced some in the community that the Cherry Tree Range proposal is bad news.
Yes 2 Renewables joined forces with BEAM-Mitchell Environment Group to reengage the community and set the record straight when it comes to wind energy. We have produced a mythbusting flier that debunks misinformation about wind farms.
Our document offers a point-by-point rebuttal of the anti-wind farm case. Each point includes citations, which interested members of the public can follow up if they would like a deeper understanding of the issues. Community members excited about local renewable energy generation raised enough money to print 20,000 copies that will be widely distributed throughout the region.
The fruits of our labour are already apparent. The joint Y2R/BEAM initiative has received impressive coverage in the local press—The Seymour Telegraph, Stock & Land, The Seymour Ngambie Advertiser and The Country News—and dozens of emails and phone calls from locals who are standing up in support of the local renewable energy project.
NOTE: If you live in Central Victoria and want to show your support for the Cherry Tree Range wind farm, please email BEAMprowindfarm [at] gmail.com