Chepstowe wind farm review concerns

The following comes from the Ballarat Courier. For further details on the issue please check the ‘Chepstowe’ option under Categories. Chepstowe wind farm review concerns EMMA BROWN 25 Feb GREEN groups are concerned for the future of the wind energy industry in Victoria after a state government hearing into a local farmer’s plan to establish three wind turbines on his property. A panel hearing into Chepstowe farmer Neville Oddie’s planned turbines concluded in Melbourne on Wednesday after the Planning Minister Matthew Guy called in the development last month. It is the first project to be assessed under the Baillieu government’s … Continue reading Chepstowe wind farm review concerns

First test of Baillieu government’s wind farm policy

You can find our opinion piece on the implications of the Coalition’s wind policy here. MEDIA RELEASE Friends of the Earth Tuesday, 22 February 2011 First test of Baillieu government’s wind farm policy The Victorian Planning Department is holding special hearings today and Wednesday on a permit application for the proposed Chepstowe wind farm near Ballarat, after Planning Minister Matthew Guy ‘called in’ the project last month. As the first test of the Coalition Government’s new wind farm policy, the outcome of the case will have big implications for other proposed wind farms near Ararat, Mortlake, Beaufort, Ballarat, Moorabool, Kyneton … Continue reading First test of Baillieu government’s wind farm policy

BREAZE supports local farmer in bid to install renewable energy

BREAZE supports local farmer in bid to install renewable energy BREAZE (Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions) has thrown its support behind local farmer, Neville Oddie, and his plan to host three wind turbines on his farm in Chepstowe to generate six megawatts of renewable energy. “Neville is a BREAZE member doing his best to reduce emissions on his property and promote renewable energy,” said Andrew Bray, BREAZE Community Campaigner. “Every effort has been made to safeguard the environment and minimise disruption to neighbouring properties so we believe he deserves every opportunity to proceed with this visionary plan,” Mr. Bray … Continue reading BREAZE supports local farmer in bid to install renewable energy

Wind farm inquiry urged to meet in Ballarat

The following comes from ABC. Certainly, many people who are supportive of wind energy would welcome the chance to meet with the Inquiry. Wind farm inquiry urged to meet in Ballarat The Senate inquiry into the social and economic impact of wind farms is considering holding public hearings in regional Victoria. The inquiry is considering holding a day of hearings in south-west Victoria late next month. It has so far received more than 500 submissions on the impacts of wind farms on rural communities. The president of the Western Plains Landscape Guardians, Andrew Gabb, is urging the committee to meet … Continue reading Wind farm inquiry urged to meet in Ballarat

Wind farms a boon to local regions says Ballarat group

The following comes from the Ballarat Courier. You may wish to add a comment at the end of the article. Wind farms a boon: BREAZE Journalist: PAT NOLAN 15 Feb, 2011 A BALLARAT environment group is calling for greater growth of the wind farm industry in the Ballarat region. Ballarat Renewable Energy And Zero Emissions (BREAZE) has made a submission to a Senate inquiry, in which it claims Ballarat could benefit enormously from wind farms in the region. It says there would be a positive economic impact that would result from an increase in wind turbines. BREAZE community campaigner Andrew … Continue reading Wind farms a boon to local regions says Ballarat group

“small but extremely vocal groups” oppose wind farm developments

The following is an editorial from the Ballarat Courier. The stand out quote in the post-state election climate has to be: “the Labor vote remained strong even at booths at the epicentre of wind-farm developments. The result confirmed what some have believed since Victoria began real efforts to explore alternative energy sources — that there are small but extremely vocal groups against such projects”. Local councils to gain greater voice on wind debates 06 Dec, 2010 JUDGING by talk since the election of the Liberal-Nationals Coalition in Victoria last week, opponents of several wind-farm projects in the region are likely … Continue reading “small but extremely vocal groups” oppose wind farm developments

BREAZE & BEN slam Coltman and Taylor on climate, question Labor

Local environment groups, Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions (BREAZE) and Ballarat Environment Network (BEN), today called on the local Liberal candidates, Craig Coltman and Ben Taylor, to explain to the electors of Ballarat why the coalition has no policies to manage the risks of climate change. While the opposition endorsed Labor’s plan to cut Victoria’s emissions by 20% by 2020 and has promised to detail its policies nearer to the election, it is yet to actually reveal what the policies are. The one climate policy they have announced places extreme restrictions on wind farm development and is likely to … Continue reading BREAZE & BEN slam Coltman and Taylor on climate, question Labor