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Labor must reject Alberton wind farm permit

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is calling on the Andrews Labor Government to show consistency in its policy and reject the planning permit for the proposed Synergy Wind Farm at Alberton.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne recently rejected a planning permit for a resort development at Apollo Bay. In a subsequent statement released to the media, Mr Wynne cited the main reason for the rejection of the permit was because of its “excessive scale and its impact on the landscape and environment”.

Mr O’Brien said that this was a clear indication that the planning permit for the proposed Alberton Wind Farm should also be rejected.

“The Synergy Wind Farm application proposes putting 200 metre high wind turbines just a kilometre away from occupied homes,” Mr O’Brien said.

“For reference, that’s more than twice the size of the light towers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

“Alberton is a relatively closely settled community and it is not a good location for a wind farm.”

Mr O’Brien wrote to Mr Wynne in December informing him of the community’s concerns of the impact such a large development would have on the area and requesting that the permit be rejected.

“I’ve personally ensured that the Planning Minister is fully aware of the impact such a large scale wind farm would have on the community.

“In light of the Apollo Bay decision, I’ve written again to the Minister and called on him to reject the wind farm permit. What is good for Labor in Apollo Bay should also apply in Alberton.

“If any consistency is to be applied, then common sense must prevail and Mr Wynne must reject this application.

“Most objectors I’ve heard from support renewable energy but believe turbines should be located offshore. That’s why I support the proposed Star of the South offshore wind farm but the Synergy application is just not in the right place,” Mr O’Brien said.

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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is calling on the Andrews Labor Government to reject a planning permit application for an Alberton Wind Farm.

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