The Victorian Labor party has promised to repeal the anti-wind farm laws imposed by Premier Baillieu if elected next year.
In an interview with Sean McComish of The Standard, shadow planning minister Brian Tee has vowed to “rip up” the anti-wind farms planning measures.
The 2km setback for wind turbines which gives householders a right of veto as well as the blanket ban on wind farms within 5km of regional towns will be scrapped under a Labor government:
“One of the first things I will do as planning minister is rip up those constraints,” he said.
“We think the two-kilometre setback zone is extreme and has cost thousands of jobs. Under our policy we will get the balance right. It has closed down the industry.”
The commitment to restore fair laws for wind farms comes just days after shadow energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio challenged the Napthine governments track record on renewable energy.
Yes 2 Renewables welcome the Victorian Labor party’s commitment and encourage all political parties to reflect mainstream views and support policies that deliver more wind farms for our state. Wind farms deliver jobs and drought-proof income for farmers while addressing climate change.