Another win for common sense in Victoria…must be a different mob in charge: Wind turbines thwarted.
Organic farmers Robyn and Glenn Brew at the Waubra wind farm, near their property in Evansford, Victoria, yesterday. Picture: Stuart McEvoy Source: The Australian
AT least three proposed wind farms have been dumped or thrown into limbo over the past three months, as the Victorian government’s tough new guidelines cause projects that have been years in the making to topple over.
New regulations that formed part of the Coalition’s election platform yesterday came into effect, giving residents veto power over turbines within 2km of their home. Turbines have also been banned within 5km of major regional towns, and from scenic areas.
In the first signs that Victoria stands to lose billions of dollars from its economy and that investment will be redirected to other states, wind farm companies have already started to withdraw from Victoria or have had their projects thwarted.
Last week, Moyne Shire Council, in Victoria’s southwest, voted to block wind giant Union Fenosa from receiving permit extensions for two wind farm projects. The Hawkesdale and Ryan Corner developments are now in serious doubt.