Test looms on wind farm turbine sites
Apart from The Sisters, two proposed wind farms, at Chepstowe and Pykes Hill, are currently seeking approval. No new applications for wind farms have been made since the November election, but Mr Guy said the industry's predictions of a wind farm exodus to more friendly states was false.
January 16, 2011
by Pia Akerman
in The Australian
A test case for Victoria's tough new wind farm policy is looming.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy has warned that all decisions on new and pending projects should take account of the incoming changes ahead of new guidelines.
The state's Supreme Court has ordered the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to rehear the case of a proposed 12-turbine wind farm that was refused council approval.
The Sisters wind farm near Terang, 220km west of Melbourne, would put turbines within 500m of residents who oppose the project, defying the Coalition's policy for a 2km buffer zone.
While a spokesman for the project, run by Wind Farm... [continue via Web link]