Wind farms pump $67m into southwest Victoria

Macartur WFSouthwest Victoria’s regional economy has boomed from the construction of the Macarthur and Oaklands wind farms. To date, the projects have pumped $67 million into the local economy, employed around 900 people during construction, and will provide 52 ongoing jobs.

The report’s findings are consistent with the Baillieu government’s own figures which found that, in 2009 alone, the wind energy sector pumped $1.2 billion into the Victorian economy.

Despite the apparent economic benefits wind farms deliver for regional communities, Premier Ted Baillieu’s planning reforms have shut down Victoria’s once thriving wind energy sector.

Since the introduction of the VC82 planning amendment in August 2011, 700+ megawatts of wind farm projects have been withdrawn (see The Wind Farms That Baillieu Killed…‘) and not one major project been approved.

Unless Premier Baillieu has the good sense to repeal the VC82 amendment, regional Victoria is unlikely to enjoy the economic benefits of wind farms in the near future.  Continue reading “Wind farms pump $67m into southwest Victoria”

Macarthur and Glenthompson projects to deliver 600 jobs

The following comes from the  Warrnambool Standard. Journalist – Andrew Thomson 05 Mar, 2011 Projects to deliver 600 jobs ABOUT 600 construction jobs are being generated by two south-west wind farms underway at a total cost of $1.2 billion. AGL Energy said the Macarthur and Glenthompson projects would use a large component of local district workers who would be given skilled training. The giant $1 billion 140-turbine Macarthur wind farm will be the largest in the southern hemisphere generating enough power for 220,000 homes. Direct construction expenditure from this project alone is estimated to add about 1.5 per cent to … Continue reading Macarthur and Glenthompson projects to deliver 600 jobs