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?

Macedon Ranges community wind farm seeks support from Planning Minister

The following comes from the Macedon Ranges Weekly. Journalist: Angela Valente. Winds of change the goal for Woodend group A WOODEND group proposing to build a wind farm on Crown land on the town’s edge wants state planning laws changed so the project gets the all-clear. Woodend Integrated Sustainable Energy presented its case to Planning Minister Matthew Guy last week and sought his support. The group is proposing a three-turbine community-owned wind farm on land leased for a pine planation on Fingerpost Road, just south of Woodend. The site is more than 1.3 kilometres from the nearest house. Representatives explained … Continue reading Macedon Ranges community wind farm seeks support from Planning Minister

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

petition to support the Macedon Ranges community-owned wind project

The following petition was organised in support of the proposal to establish a community owned wind energy project in the Macedon Ranges. Details on the proposal available here. Given the intention by the Victorian government to declare ‘no go’ zones for wind energy across a range of broadly defined regions, including the Macedon Ranges, we need to be able to demonstrate there is strong community support for this venture. The proposed location seems perfect – it is within a pine plantation about 6 kms south of Woodend, and close to the grid. Please email your name and address and postcode … Continue reading petition to support the Macedon Ranges community-owned wind project

Woodend showing direction on wind farms

The following report comes from Barry Kennedy at the Macedon Ranges Leader. Woodend showing direction on wind farms THIS year’s Woodend Sustainable Living Festival will be an exercise in practising what you preach for the organisers, the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group. They hope more than 1000 will visit the festival this Saturday, double that of the inaugural event last year, and, like last year, there will be a range of exhibitors showcasing the latest in retrofitting ideas, permaculture and visits to nearby sustainable homes. Group president Ralf Thesing said this year’s event would also be about building momentum on a … Continue reading Woodend showing direction on wind farms

Coalition wind farm policy starts to bite

The Age newspaper recently reported that the Baillieu government has conceded that “its controversial wind farm policy is powerless to control the biggest expansion of wind energy in Victoria’s history, with 1322 new turbines planned across 28 approved developments”. That is, that it can not stop proposals that were approved by the ALP government prior to November 2010, but not yet built. However, in terms of future proposals, it is becoming evident that they intend to proceed with imposing the wind plan they announced back in May. The following report about the creation of ‘no go’ areas comes from the … Continue reading Coalition wind farm policy starts to bite