PREMIER Daniel Andrews elected the Challicum Hills Wind Farm near Buangor on last week as the location to announce a plan to make Victoria the country’s leading state in renewable energy.
Mr Andrews praised Ararat Rural City as the state’s strongest supporter of wind farm energy and said it was fitting to return to the region as he followed through with a pre-election promise to change wind farm planning laws.
As appeared in the Ararat Advertiser, the major change is halving the household veto for a proposed wind turbine development from two kilometres to one from a dwelling.
“I want to see the number of jobs in the wind energy sector grow,” Mr Andrews said.
“I think it is fair to say this is the most positive signal that has been sent to the wind energy industry in four very long years.
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