News | 12th Apr, 2013

I love them, but we can’t have them everywhere: Premier on wind farms

12 April 2013
Tom Arup, The Age
Premier Denis Napthine has declared his personal love for wind turbines, but says his government's restrictions to where they can be built won't change.
Dr Napthine on Friday launched the Macarthur wind farm in Victoria's south-west, the largest wind energy project in the southern hemisphere.
The Macarthur project was built by AGL Energy and New Zealand firm Meridian Energy, cost $1 billion, and sits in Dr Napthine's electorate. It consists of 140 turbines generating up to 420 megawatts of electricity, enough for 252,000 average households.
Speaking at the launch Dr Napthine said he thought wind turbines were "majestic".
"I remember year's ago seeing wind turbines in Wales and parking on the side of the road and just watching them," he said.
"I think they are absolutely fantastic, they're not right in every place, but in places like this, the wide open plains, I think they are really valuable in term of the energy they produce."
"I think they are majestic, and I actually love them."
Laws brought in by the Coalition government allow any household to veto a wind farm project within two kilometres of their property. It also restricts construction around key towns and sites.
Green groups say Victoria is missing out on future reneable energy investment because of the laws.
Environment Victoria's Mark Wakeham said: "It's encouraging that Premier Napthine is attending the opening of the massive Macarthur wind farm, but the reality is this wind farm wouldn't have been approved under the Coalition's anti-windfarm planning laws."
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