Premier Daniel Andrews today announced changes to wind farm planning laws, opening Victoria back up to investors in renewable energy to create more jobs.
The changes reduce the household veto for a proposed wind turbine development from two kilometres to one kilometre from a dwelling.
The Andrews Labor Government made a commitment to reform wind farm planning laws and open Victoria to renewable energy. These plans strike the right balance between protecting property and supporting jobs in emerging industries.
Australia is forecast to attract $36 billion in renewable energy investment by 2020. This announcement sends a strong signal to investors in the renewable energy sector. This will create jobs and generate economic benefits for regional communities.
Renewable energy is a matter of state significance that requires a statewide approach. Decisions on new wind farm planning applications will now rest with the Minister for Planning. Councils retain responsibility for enforcement of wind energy facilities for new and existing planning permits.
The Government has also announced the development of a Victorian Renewable Energy Action Plan, which will outline a comprehensive set of measures to attract Victoria’s share of renewable energy investment.
The establishment of a $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund will also offer support to community groups and businesses developing renewable energy projects.
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“Renewable energy creates jobs, drives growth and helps us maintain our lifestyle and protect our environment.”
“Victoria is open for business. Investors want to come to Victoria and back renewable energy. The Liberals said no. We’re saying yes.”
“The Abbott Government isn’t doing a thing for renewable energy. Victoria is leading the way.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne
“We said we would restart the industry by encouraging community wind farms and today we’re keeping our word.”
“These changes will support our wind farm industry – creating jobs, providing clean energy to our homes and minimising our impact on the environment.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry, Lily D’Ambrosio
“The previous Government destroyed the industry and we have already started picking up the pieces. Our $200 million Future Industries Fund will work with the renewable energy sector to create jobs and investment.”