Finally! First new wind farm approved under Baillieu’s anti-wind laws

First published on VicWind by Andrew Bray 14/06/2013

Coonooer Bridge
Coonooer Bridge

The Victorian Wind Alliance has today welcomed the approval of a new wind farm project near Bendigo – the first since the Baillieu anti-wind laws were passed.

The Coonooer Bridge wind farm – a small five-turbine project – was approved by the Buloke Shire Council overnight, the first to be approved since former premier Ted Ballieu’s restrictive laws were introduced in 2011.

Victorian Wind Alliance state coordinator Andrew Bray said that Victoria should be approving many more wind farms.

“These laws were costing the state billions in investment, thousands of manufacturing jobs and income for regional farmers and communities.

“It’s great that we are going to have a new wind farm near Bendigo, as it would provide certain and steady income to a regional community and clean renewable energy.

“The project will combine community and corporate ownership and is part owned by the local community which means the profits will stay in the community.

“There are 30 owners to the new wind farm – and the turbines will benefit not only those whose land the turbines rest, but on rest of the community who are part owners of the site.

“There are communities like this one around Victoria who would love to take advantage of the wind to make energy and money.

“Community owned wind power is hugely popular in Europe and could work well for Victorian communities.

“However it is disappointing that other communities cannot realise these benefits because of the current Baillieu anti-wind laws.

“Many people around the state are calling for farms in their area, and all the investment, income and employment that comes with it,” said Mr Bray.

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2 thoughts on “Finally! First new wind farm approved under Baillieu’s anti-wind laws

  1. Wonderful stuff, it would be fantastic to see more community owned (or partly owned) projects developed in this state. I hope this is the beginning of the end of the disastrous anti-wind legislation introduced by a myopic Ted Baillieu, a man who dragged the state into stagnation. Hopefully Dennis Napthine will realise the mistake made by his predecessor and overturn the selective, hypocritical laws.

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