Great news everyone!
Today, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has approved the Cherry Tree Range wind farm proposed for Trawool in Central Victoria.
Yes 2 Renewables welcomes VCAT’s decision.
The Cherry Tree Range wind farm is only the second approved since the Coalition government introduced the world’s strictest laws for wind farms.
VCAT’s decision is rare good news for the wind energy sector which has been hit hard by the onerous conditions imposed by former Premier Ted Baillieu.
The project’s approval would not have been possible without an active proponent and supportive community.
BEAM-Mitchell Environment Group took a leadership role after known anti-wind farm groups came to town with a fear campaign about wind farms and health. They responded with a joint BEAM/Y2R ‘mythbusting flyer‘ and positive Energy Futures Forum event.
Anti-wind farm groups dogged the Cherry Tree Range wind farm proposal from the start. They stacked a town hall meeting and planning submissions. They also hijacked the legal proceedings, slowing down the decision making process at every opportunity and inflating the costs for the proponent and ratepayers.
VCAT’s decision once again proves wind farms are clean and safe. The planning body has rejected claims that wind farms make people sick.
As the Tribunal stated in their decision:
“the views of NSW Health as reported in the Bodangora determination and the Victorian Department of Health publication, expressly state that there is no scientific evidence to link wind turbines with adverse health effects. These are the views of State authorities charged by statute with the protection of public health. These views must be respected.”
The Cherry Tree Range wind farm will benefit the Mitchell Shire’s economy while helping our state address climate change. According to our estimates the wind farm will:
- Generate up to $80,000 for a community fund each year.
- Contribute $76,000 worth of rates to the Mitchell Shire per annum.
- Inject $1.2 million worth of flow on economic benefit to the local economy.
- Produce enough electricity to power 26,000 homes and prevent 150,000 tonnes of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere each year
- Provide $250,000 worth of steady income for local wind farmers.
BEAM stood up for a wind farm in their region. Sign the petition to stand with them!