Ramsay's wind farm demands fail, but he still faces questions
Mr Ramsay defended his change of attitude to the Mt Gellibrand wind farm as a result of increased knowledge about the health and visual impacts of wind farms.
"We didn't know a lot about wind farming eight years ago," Mr Ramsay said.
"We were all pretty raw about it. It was all pretty new."
February 22, 2012
by Royce Millar
in The Standard
A prominent state Liberal MP is facing a parliamentary grilling after he threatened to lobby against a wind farm project unless the energy company bought his family's south-west farm.
Upper House member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay made the demands in an October letter to wind energy company Acciona over the company's plan to erect 116 turbines at Birregurra near Colac as part of its Mount Gellibrand wind project.
Mr Ramsay confirmed that he spoke to planning minister Matthew Guy about the Mt Gellibrand project. He also admitted lobbying the department of planning for changes, including the re-siting of turbines... [continue via Web link]