Tick of approval: Trustpower’s Deion Campbell, Moyne Shire Mayor Cr Colin Ryan and Premier Daniel Andrews. Picture: Rob GunstoneA $650 million wind farm atDundonnell willcomplement a swathe of similarprojects in Moyne Shire and boostthe south-west’s renewable energy credentials.
Moyne Shire mayor and Great South Coast Group chairman Colin Ryan described Planning Minister Richard Wynne’sapproval as very positive.
“This future facility here isspread over 11 farms, it’s 11 families that will benefit from having turbines on their properties,” Cr Ryan said.
He said it was the ninth wind farm approved in the shire. Cr Ryan said he was pleased the council’s submissions,which were based on community feedback, had been taken into account.
“I would suggest it’s a small minority of people who opposewind farms, but the vast majority of the community are in favour of it,” he said.
Planning Minister Richard Wynne emphasised efforts were madeto addresscommunity concerns.
“There has been a reduction of eight turbines from the original proposal, the relocation of some other turbines as well and of course, most importantly, the protection of the brolga flight path and nesting areas and some of the water courses as well.
“It’s an excellent outcome, fantastic for the south-west, fantastic for the Moyne council, great for jobs and great for the environment as well.”
Wind towers and other components could be produced byPortland companyKeppel Prince.
Trustpower general manager of generation and trading Deion Campbell said the company had not worked out who would supply components for the project, but local manufacturers should be able to compete with imported products.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the approval sentamessage to firms such as Keppel Prince that “we’re back in business”.
“I visited the plant myself and I can tell you that workers there, I looked them in the eye and said ‘we’re going to work hard to protect your jobs,’and they were very pleased with that.”
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