Victorian Premier signals shift on wind energy – TAKE ACTION NOW!

Yes 2 Renewables welcomes the Victorian Premier’s official endorsement of the Macarthur wind farm today. Premier Napthine’s attendance at the opening of Australia’s largest wind farm signals a shift on wind energy. We welcome the new Premier’s enthusiasm for wind … Continue reading Victorian Premier signals shift on wind energy – TAKE ACTION NOW!

Anti-wind farm campaigner threatens new Premier with violence

no-violence-480The anti-wind farm campaign showed an ugly side to its character at the weekend when Randall Bell, President of the Victorian Landscape Guardians, threatened to “break” Premier Dennis Napthine’s arms if he overturns the state’s retrograde wind farm laws.

In a Herald Sun report on the prospect of Premier Napthine “easing” anti-wind farm laws imposed by his predecessor Ted Baillieu, Randell Bell issued the following warning: “If Dr Napthine reneges on that policy, I’ll break his arms.”

The violent rhetoric of Mr Bell is troubling. Threatening the Premier is just the latest nastiness to come from some in the anti-wind farm campaign.

In late 2009, a mob of hostile anti-wind farm activists took over a community information meeting on wind farms in Colac manhandled then Energy Minister Peter Batchelor. The activists jammed Minister Batchellor’s leg in a car door. Federal member for Corangamite, Darren Cheeseman, has also received threats from wind power opponents.

Violence against elected officials, and any citizen for that matter, is intolerable. This type of violent, bullying rhetoric must stop before someone gets hurt. Continue reading “Anti-wind farm campaigner threatens new Premier with violence”

Pollie Watch: Shadow energy minister questioned on wind energy

As promised, Yes 2 Renewables is keeping up pressure on Victorian politicians when it comes to state wind energy policy.

WindFarmA fortnight ago, it was at the Rural Press Club, where we questioned leader of the opposition Daniel Andrews on Labor’s position on the government’s anti-wind farm policy. This week it was at the 8th Australian Wind Energy 2012 conference, where shadow energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio branded the Baillieu government’s wind planning laws “extreme.” Y2R kicked off a Q&A session with shadow energy spokesperson, Lily D’Ambrosio.

Leigh Ewbank, Yes 2 Renewables community coordinator:

Two weeks ago in Ballarat while addressing the Rural Press Club, opposition leader Daniel Andrews commented on Labor’s track record on wind energy while in government. Will the repeal of the 2 kilometre setback and other VC82 measures be on the table in terms of Labor’s forthcoming renewable energy policy? Continue reading “Pollie Watch: Shadow energy minister questioned on wind energy”

Stock & Land: ‘Wind farm debate revs up’

Louise Preece reports on the launch of the Victorian Wind Alliance for Stock & Land:

Wind farm debate revs up

THE colossal turbine blades at eight wind farms are currently rotating across Victoria, creating enough power for about 200,000 homes.

Although more will be finished by the end of 2012, the issue continues to place a deep rift between communities.

Harnessing wind offers a valuable renewable energy source, but noise, health and aesthetic complaints over turbines are still surfacing.

Will a solution to the debate ever be reached?

At Ballarat – near what is one of the biggest wind farm in Australia at Waubra – Andrew Bray has been helping to organise the official launch of the Victorian Wind Alliance.

It’s a new organisation that supports wind farming and he is one of the eight committee members across the State.

This week the alliance put out a call to Victorians who support the energy source to use town meetings and social media to make their voices heard. Continue reading “Stock & Land: ‘Wind farm debate revs up’”

Herald Weekly Times: ‘Vic Labor backs wind’

Samantha Landy reports on the opposition leader Daniel Andrews’ pro-wind farming stance and the launch of the Victorian Wind Alliance for the Herald Weekly Times: VICTORIAN opposition leader Daniel Andrews has affirmed his support for wind energy. The Labor leader slammed the Baillieu Government for crippling Victoria’s “once thriving wind energy sector” in his speech at a Melbourne Press Club lunch on Tuesday, saying its anti-wind farm stance had cost the state jobs, particularly in regional Victoria. “Wind energy investment and job creation has been fundamentally compromised by the Baillieu Government,” Mr Andrews said. “To cripple these projects is poor … Continue reading Herald Weekly Times: ‘Vic Labor backs wind’

Herald Weekly Times: ‘Victorian Wind Alliance to promote industry’

The Herald Weekly Times‘ Samantha Landy reports on the launch of the Victorian Wind Alliance (Oct 9):


A NEW organisation aimed at building support for wind energy in Victoria is set to launch tomorrow.

The Victorian Wind Alliance, made up of wind workers, landowners, environmental and community groups and anyone else who supports wind energy, hopes to promote the wind energy sector in the face of a halt in wind farm developments.

“The premise is that the majority of Victorians and the majority of Australians support the development of renewable energy,” Friends of the Earth campaigns co-ordinator Cam Walker said.

“Here in Victoria, the government has largely stalled action on renewable energy.

“We want to create a community movement that allows the silent majority to express that support.”

It was revealed in July that planning laws introduced by the Victorian Government in August last year had resulted in no new applications to build wind farms in the state. Continue reading “Herald Weekly Times: ‘Victorian Wind Alliance to promote industry’”

Vic Wind Alliance: New group to build community support for wind energy in Victoria

Today marks the launch of a first-of-a-kind alliance in support of wind energy in Victoria. The Victorian Wind Alliance brings together community members, land owners, environment groups, wind workers, small businesses, wind farmers and renewable energy firms to present the benefits of wind farms for jobs, investment community development and our climate (an under-reported story in the media). Friends of the Earth are proud to be a member of Vic Wind.

The Vic Wind Alliance will help project the public’s strong support for wind energy, which remains highly popular despite anti-wind hysteria. Polls commissioned by the Climate Institute and the Clean Energy Council register majority support for wind energy at 75 per cent and greater. A credible CSIRO study on the perceptions of wind energy in regional areas concluded: ‘There is strong  community support for the development of wind farms…” The alliance has plenty of good will to work with.

Here’s the Victorian Wind Alliance’s maiden media release:  Continue reading “Vic Wind Alliance: New group to build community support for wind energy in Victoria”