Heathcote locals question Victoria’s anti-wind farm laws

Yes 2 Renewables visited Heathcote recently to present to the local U3A (university of the third age) about wind energy technology. Given that Heathcote is located in the heart of the McHarg/Macedon Ranges ‘no-go zone’ for wind farms, we took the opportunity to brief attendees about the Victorian government’s anti-wind farm laws.

U3A

The presentation prompted  U3A member, Louise Joy, to submitted the following letter to the editor to The McIvor TimesContinue reading “Heathcote locals question Victoria’s anti-wind farm laws”

Campaign Diary 2012: Lancefield listening post

Lancefield is a small country town nestled in the rolling hills of central Victoria. The town’s location in the Macedon Ranges places it in one of the Baillieu government’s designated ‘no-go zones‘ for wind farms.

The township is also located in the middle of two contrasting community responses to wind energy: To the west, the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group is spearheading efforts to build a community-owned wind farm project in Woodend. To the east, Mitchell Shire councilors rejected the proposed Cherry Tree Hill wind farm in Trawool despite the project meeting stringent planning guidelines and being recommended for approval by council planners.

The Lego wind turbine was a drawcard for the young and old.

At the weekend, Yes 2 Renewables recommenced its 2012 community engagement program with a listening post at the Lancefield & District Farmers Market. The stall gave Y2R the opportunity to engage the community in a dialogue on the potential role of wind farms in the region. The Weekly Times picked up on our presence at the farmers market and filed the following report.

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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?

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

Woodend group grows push for wind farm

This article is from the Macedon Ranges Weekly. Journalist: Angela Valente A WOODEND sustainability group is ramping up its campaign for a community-owned wind farm on the town’s southern edge. Unfazed that state laws disallow any new wind farm projects in the Macedon Ranges, the group says planning laws could change if the residents support the project. Woodend Integrated Sustainable Energy (WISE) is proposing a three-turbine wind farm on land leased for a pine plantation on Fingerpost Road, just south of Woodend. The land is leased by the Hancock Timber Resource Group, which has indicated support for the project. The … Continue reading Woodend group grows push for wind farm

Woodend wind measuring mast up and running – real-time data now online

Woodend Integrated Sustainable Energy group (WISE) have proceeded to instal a wind measuring mast near Woodend to measure the potential for their proposed community wind farm (which is prevented from going ahead by the state government’s 2011 anti-wind laws). You can now view the real-time data from the wind mast on their website (and, soon, on a display in the Woodend newsagent). You can also help them by completing their short community survey online. At the time of posting this, the online data show the following (based on the proposed community wind park consisting of three Nordex N80 2.5MW wind … Continue reading Woodend wind measuring mast up and running – real-time data now online

Woodend community wind farm proceeds with wind mast: ”This government is not going to be in forever”

As reported by Jason Dowling in The Age, October 26. Well done to the WISE group for persevering! $50,000 spent on wind-farm tests in no-go zone THE state government has paid $50,000 for a 60-metre wind mast – to measure the strength of wind for possible wind turbines – in an area banned for wind farms by the planning minister. The government said it wanted the money back, but the Woodend Integrated Sustainable Energy group, which plans to build the wind mast south of Woodend next week, said it had no intention of handing it back. While the original funding … Continue reading Woodend community wind farm proceeds with wind mast: ”This government is not going to be in forever”

What is the real cost of Ted Baillieu’s wind energy policy?

In late August, the Baillieu government implemented new planning rules which  place large sections of Victoria off-limits to wind farm developments through the creation of No Go zones, and set in place a 2 kilometre ‘right of veto’, whereby a single household can block any turbines within 2 kilometres of their home. Planning Minister Matthew Guy said he did not believe the two kilometre set-back policy would stop developers investing in wind energy Victoria. Premier Ted Baillieu has also rejected suggestions the changes would harm the wind farm industry. However, the facts of the matter suggest otherwise. Already we have … Continue reading What is the real cost of Ted Baillieu’s wind energy policy?

Gisborne meeting backs community wind farms

The following media release was sent out reporting on our very positive community meeting in Gisborne on June 23. We will be publishing more information and video from the event here shortly. Gisborne meeting backs community wind farms for Macedon Ranges 75 people, mostly Macedon Ranges residents, packed a hall at New Gisborne on Thursday night to discuss the prospects for wind farm developments in the region. The meeting heard speakers on wind farm development, changes to the wind farm planning laws, and the contrast between the strong negative health impacts of coal power compared with the very minor problems … Continue reading Gisborne meeting backs community wind farms

Forum: Wind power – risks and opportunities for the Macedon Ranges

Thank you to everyone who came along to the meeting, a great turn out of about 75 people. We hope to have some resources up from the night shortly.   We are hosting a public meeting in Gisborne on June 23 to discuss Wind power – the risks and opportunities for the Macedon Ranges. The meeting will be on Thursday June 23, starting at 7PM at the Holy Cross primary school, 158 Hamilton Rd, New Gisborne (just near the train station). We will present a panel of speakers including: ·    ‘micro’ wind power ·    Barry Mann, from the Woodend Integrated … Continue reading Forum: Wind power – risks and opportunities for the Macedon Ranges