O’Brien seeks wind farm meeting with Minister
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has taken to State Parliament to ask the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, to meet with local residents before making a decision on the proposed Alberton Wind Farm.
Mr O’Brien was speaking following a public meeting at the Regent Theatre in Yarram last week where the request was made.
“I’ve used State Parliament to ask the Minister to meet with the residents who don‘t want 200 metre high wind turbines in the Alberton district,” Mr O’Brien said.
“There are genuine concerns from many residents in the Alberton, Hedley and Gelliondale area relating to noise and visual amenity, among other things, and I’ve written to the Minister numerous times on their behalf.
“Now I think it is incumbent on the Minster to meet with those residents, ideally in the Alberton area itself, before he makes a decision on this contentious proposal.”
Mr O’Brien said Labor’s rush to subsidise wind farms throughout Victoria was coming at the expense of local communities.
“Like myself, most people I have spoken to about this project support renewable energy, but we don’t believe that the Alberton area is appropriate for such a massive industrial development. The area is relatively closely settled and will have a massive visual impact on an area that is growing in tourism value.
“The least that Minister Wynne could do is come to the district to meet with residents and hear their concerns before he signs off on these turbines that will be twice the size of the light towers at the MCG.”
Mr O’Brien has presented a number of petitions and objection letters to the Minister already. His comments came as the government announced new planning permit rules for power lines connecting wind farms to the electricity grid to, in the words of the Minister, “respect the needs of nearby communities”.
“If the Minister is going to respect the needs of my community, he needs to come and meet them and see why this permit should not be approved.”