Labor’s renewable targets mean more divided communities
The Andrews Labor Government’s plan to increase its renewable energy target to 50 percent of energy consumed in the state will mean more windfarms and more divided communities in Gippsland.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said the policy would force the premature closure of Yallourn Power Station costing Gippsland jobs and result in more solar and wind energy facilities across the state.
“We already have angst in the Alberton area and Bald Hills in South Gippsland through the development of wind farms that have dramatically impacted on local residents’ lives.
“More particularly they’ve impacted on community cohesion by pitting neighbours against neighbours and raised serious noise and visual amenity concerns.
“Daniel Andrews is so desperate to court green voters in inner city Melbourne that he doesn’t care about Gippsland and this policy reinforces that."
The Nationals and Liberals have already promised to scrap the Victorian renewable energy target.
Mr O’Brien has been lobbying the Minister for Planning on behalf of dozens of residents who have expressed their opposition to the Alberton wind farm.
“I don’t think this is the right place for a wind farm and it has caused enormous concern in the local community.
"I strongly support the proposed Star of the South offshore wind facility which ticks all of the boxes in terms of renewable power and jobs, but without causing angst in local communities.”