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At the 2014 Victorian election, the green battle ground will be a paddock, not a forest

The political terrain around environmental issues is shifting. During the 2010 Victorian election campaign it was clear that the Coalition decided it couldn’t get ahead of the Greens and ALP on environmental issues and so ran silent, leaving the debate … Continue reading At the 2014 Victorian election, the green battle ground will be a paddock, not a forest

Community Wind Power Forums well-attended

Last week’s Community Wind Forum in Castlemaine Town Hall marked the last of 6 held across Mount Alexander area in the past 3 weeks. “We are very grateful to the 170 community members who’ve participated in the forums.  We’ve received … Continue reading Community Wind Power Forums well-attended

Where did the ‘No Go’ zones come from?

The following is a letter from last weeks Macedon Ranges Weekly. Where did the ‘No Go’ zones come from? Last year, the state government created a series of ‘No Go’ zones, which block wind energy developments across much of Victoria, including the Macedon – McHarg Ranges. The government seems to think these ranges extend almost as far north as Bendigo. Member for Northern Victoria Donna Petrovich has said in state parliament that the No Go zones were “carefully” selected where communities “on the whole have told us that they are not appreciative of wind farms”. Given the controversial nature of … Continue reading Where did the ‘No Go’ zones come from?

Community Forums: a conversation about community-owned wind in Mount Alexander Shire

As part of it’s community engagement as it builds support for the vision of a community-owned wind park in the Mt Alexander Shire, Mt Alexander Community Wind is starting a series of community forums this week. Community Forums will be held across the shire and will offer locals a chance to hear about the vision of the project and have input into the project principles and design.  The purpose of the forums is to have a constructive community conversation about what a welcomed and appropriate community owned wind park would look like in our shire. Dates: Newstead Tuesday 24th April, … Continue reading Community Forums: a conversation about community-owned wind in Mount Alexander Shire

Anti-wind attack on property near Ararat

The following story comes from the Ararat Advertiser. Vandals wreaked havoc on a property near Ararat earlier in the week, causing $10-$15,000 damage. Apart from being a criminal act, it appears that politics are also at play. As the article notes: “Many of the slogans sprayed on the walls are threats, warning the Hamiltons not to install a wind turbine on the property”. Graffiti visible in a photo attached to the story says ‘wind turbines suck’. While emotions can run high in the debate over wind energy, most people act in appropriate ways to express their feelings. It would appear … Continue reading Anti-wind attack on property near Ararat

where are the Landscape Guardians when you need them?

The following letter, from Russell Pearce, which was recently published in the Ararat Advertiser, asks a question we often ask ourselves… when there is a major threat to the environment, where are the so-called Landscape ‘Guardians’. As usual, no where to be found … Local climate action group, Ararat Greenhouse Action Group, have joined a call for a moratorium on new coal mining and unconventional gas extraction (including coal seam gas) in Victoria. There is little or no support from the Victorian population for further development of fossil fuel resources, with many being deeply concerned about the impact of such … Continue reading where are the Landscape Guardians when you need them?

Rural and urban Alliance calls on State Government to ban new fossil fuel projects

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 12 April Rural and urban Alliance calls on State Government to ban new fossil fuel projects Victorian government wants more coal – the community wants farmland and clean water As Victoria faces a wave of exploration licences for coal seam gas (CSG), coal, and tight gas, there is growing opposition to this industry. “Community groups have formed across the ‘coal belt’ of southern Victoria, from the Otways to Wonthaggi to Toongabbie” said Friends of the Earth campaigns co-ordinator Cam Walker. “Clearly local farmers and residents do not want to see their lands and water sacrificed for short … Continue reading Rural and urban Alliance calls on State Government to ban new fossil fuel projects

Councils challenge wind ban

The following comes from the Weekly Times. Johanna Leggatt,  February 29, 2012 VICTORIAN local councils are taking their fight against wind farm bans to the State Government. The City of Greater Bendigo has written to the Government seeking a revision of the planning laws, which restrict new wind farms in parts of the state. Mount Alexander Shire Council requested an exemption from the laws last year, while the Woodend Integrated Sustainable Energy group has indicated it will also push for Macedon Ranges Shire Council to seek a reprieve from regulations. In August last year, the Victorian Government gave households the … Continue reading Councils challenge wind ban

Liberals deny wind conflict

From The Age, journalist Royce Millar. February 24, 2012 ACTING premier Peter Ryan has rejected opposition attacks against a Liberal backbencher and his personal campaign against a wind farm to be built next to his property in western Victoria. On Wednesday, The Age reported concerns by the opposition and Greens about MP Simon Ramsay’s lobbying against plans by Spanish-owned energy company Acciona to install 63 wind turbines near his property at Birregurra, near Colac. Among their allegations was that Mr Ramsay, a Western Victorian upper house member, had not adequately declared his interest in Acciona’s Mount Gellibrand project ahead of … Continue reading Liberals deny wind conflict