Minister won’t meet wind farm opponents
Daniel Andrews’ Planning Minister Richard Wynne is refusing to meet residents concerned about the proposed Alberton wind farm despite highlighting the importance of community consultation.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, invited Mr Wynne to meet with residents in Parliament recently.
“I have received a disappointing answer from the Minister - he’s not coming.
“He encourages people in the Alberton area to raise their concerns in writing, but he won’t meet with them face to face to hear their concerns personally.
“If, as the Minister suggests, community consultation is a fundamental part of the Victoria planning permit approval process – then why is the Minister for Planning refusing to meet with concerned residents?” Mr O’Brien queried.
The current planning application before the Minister proposes 32, 200 metre high wind turbines across the areas of Alberton, Alberton West, Gelliondale and Hedley.
“This area is relatively closely settled and I am reflecting the views of many in the district who don’t want these 200 metres towers overshadowing their farms. The Minister needs to hear the community’s concerns before he makes a decision on this permit,” said Mr O’Brien.
“The Minister’s refusal to come to Gippsland South highlights, once again, the Andrews Labor Government is a city-centric government and is not interested in rural Victoria.”
Mr O’Brien said he noted that the Minister has received 126 objections and counting, many from those living in the 100 homes within three kilometres of the wind farm.
He continues to forward objections from residents to the Minister’s office and encouraged residents opposed to the wind farm to contact the Minister directly.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is disappointed the Minister for Planning won’t meet with the community face to face.