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Minister calls in wind farm application

Wednesday, 02 February 2011

Planning Minister Matthew Guy has called-in a three-turbine wind farm permit application in Chepstowe, west of Ballarat, which was subject to a VCAT appeal.

The matter was appealed to VCAT after Pyrenees Shire Council failed to determine the application within the required time frame.

"The proposed wind farm raises significant issues about the placement of turbines close to dwellings, and in environmentally significant locations," Mr Guy said.

"This proposal has been called in for determination to provide certainty for the surrounding community."

The Baillieu Government supports the development of the renewable energy sector as an important contributor to the sustainable delivery of Victoria's future energy needs.

The Coalition's wind energy plan seeks to provide certainty to operators and communities, and minimise the effect of wind farms on the natural environment.

Minister Guy said that his department would work closely with the proponent, council and interested parties to ensure the timely consideration of the called-in application.

"I intend to invite all parties who have raised an interest in this matter to provide their views," Mr Guy said.

"Senior, experienced officers from the Department of Planning and Community Development will convene a hearing to consider the evidence on my behalf particularly in relation to the local Brolga population.

"Their advice will inform the basis of my recommendation to the Governor-in-Council for a decision," Mr Guy said.


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