Friends of the Earth’s recent report on the costs of Ted Baillieu’s anti-wind farm laws has put renewable energy on the state election agenda.
The Age featured exclusive coverage of the research report. The Macedon Ranges Guardian, a prominent newspaper in the battleground seat of Macedon, reported on the local impacts of the Coalition government’s anti-wind farm laws.
In addition to scuttling two utility-scale projects in the Macedon region, it’s well known that the government’s arbitrary blanket ban prevented a community wind farm from going ahead in Woodend.
The Macedon Ranges Guardian published the following letter by Macedon resident Marie Lakey, who takes issue with Liberal candidate Donna Petrovich’s support for Baillieu’s brown tape:
Donna Petrovich’s stand on the State Liberal wind energy policies needs to be severely revised. The Macedon Ranges is a beautiful area and no-one recognises this better than the local community. Why not protect this asset by embracing wind power? Not only does it create jobs, it can create a drought-proof income for struggling farmers. Liberal policies are wasting this opportunity for sustainable and equitable energy. Wind farms could provide future generations with the kind of infrastructure Macedon residents should be proud to pass on. Is that not the real ‘security’ residents desire from our state government?
The Dick Warburton review of the national Renewable Energy Target is drawing community attention to energy policy. Renewable energy is emerging as a key concern for voters as we approach the Victorian election on November 29.
- Support cleantech jobs for Victoria? Sign our petition calling on Premier Napthine to scrap Ted Baillieu’s anti-wind farm laws and both the Premier and Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews to support renewable energy.
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