People’s March for Climate in Kyneton demonstrates huge support for renewables

IMG_3792A march attended by over 500 in Kyneton demonstrated strong public support for action on climate change and elevates renewable energy to a top issue in the hotly-contested seat of Macedon.

The “people’s march” is part of a global mobilisation calling on political leaders to take action to address global warming. The Kyneton march coincided with a global gathering of heads of state at the United Nations in New York City. An estimated 30,000 people marched in Melbourne, with a massive 300,000 taking to the streets in Manhattan.

In a rousing speech, Friends of the Earth’s Yes 2 Renewables coordinator Leigh Ewbank urged people to take their concern for climate change to the polls and vote for renewable energy in the imminent Victorian election.

“The Coalition government axed the Victorian Climate Change Act, slashed solar incentives, and banned wind farms in the Macedon Ranges” said Leigh Ewbank.

“A vote for renewable energy on November 29 will encourage whoever is elected to actively support wind farms with majority community support and champion a state target for renewables.”

IMG_3780A campaign by Yes 2 Renewables, the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group and local community members calling on the government to dump its anti-wind farm laws has been gathering momentum.

The pro-renewable energy campaign is calling on candidates to commit to actively support wind farms with majority community support and a renewable energy target for Victoria.

In 2011, the Coalition government introduced a blanket ban on wind farms that killed off the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group’s vision of a community project near Woodend.

The Hepburn Wind community wind farm operates near Daylesford. A proposal of a similar scale is prohibited near Woodend.
The Hepburn Wind community wind farm operates near Daylesford. A proposal of a similar scale is prohibited near Woodend.

“The current planning laws mean that it’s ok for Daylesford to have a community wind farm, but yet, just 40km away in Woodend, a project of similar scale is prohibited,” said Leigh Ewbank.

According to Friends of the Earth analysis, the proposed community wind farm in Woodend would have created:

  • 30 construction jobs
  • 6 on going jobs for the 30-year life of the project
  • $151,000 worth of flow-on economic benefits to the region
  • Up to $45,000 worth of community grant funds
  • $24,000 worth of drought-proof income for wind farm hosts
  • Enough clean electricity to power all the homes and businesses in Woodend, Macedon, Mt Macedon and Newham.

While Victoria’s renewable energy sector is languishing, it is booming South Australia and the ACT — states that have renewable energy targets.

“Victoria doesn’t have a renewable energy target and is missing out on jobs and investment in future industries,” said Leigh Ewbank.

“A state Renewable Energy Target will get Victoria back on track. It would unleash investment and create jobs while cutting pollution – which is something all political parties can support.”

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7 thoughts on “People’s March for Climate in Kyneton demonstrates huge support for renewables

  1. At the time of the Victorian state election in 2010, the Liberal Party had a credible policy on climate change.
    That policy disappeared overnight when the Libs won the election.
    We have now had four years of no action on global warming even though it has been clear for years that Australians want renewable energy as the preferred energy source.
    Worse still in Victoria, we have had active measures to suppress renewables in this state – in the best traditions of the Liberal party.
    The only way to get renewables in to play is to dump the Liberal Party – or do it yourself.

  2. Huge support shown in Kyneton? Ask the people that would be impacted by the Sidonia Hill wind farm proposal and you would have an overwhelming NO. But you wont do that because you already know the answer. How supportive is the person who lives near the proposed Woodend community wind farm?

  3. Why don’t you organise a march Gerard? I’d be interested to see how many anti’s turn up.

    “But you wont do that because you already know the answer.”

    1. ‘Really you know the answer’ – well yes I do. We have had a number of meetings of those directly impacted residents and of the about 80 homes within 2kms of a turbine we had only 2 residents not turn up and the unanimous vote was against turbines in our area and this was as close as 100% as you could get, It is true the number was not the 300, 500 or the 800 (or was it closer to 150) as claimed by the various sources I have read. Lets go for 300 people in the Kyneton march this represents about 5% of the Kyneton population and I know that they were not all Kyneton people but from the broader community so probably we can speculate that the number was closer 2% of the population in support. The numbers are on my side. I have no doubt that in the general population the support for wind is very high but they are not the people impacted by turbines. By the way are you Pat or Blair?

      1. You confidently claim to know the answer but you then ramble on about state 150, 300, 500, or 800, and 2 or 5% of the Kyneton population.

        The numbers are clearly not on your side.

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