Posted on 19. Aug, 2010 in Greening Victoria

The Crowlands Wind Farm planning approval announced Wednesday is great news for local jobs and great news for the environment, Minister for Energy and Resources Peter Batchelor said.

“This wind farm is yet another example of how Victoria is leading the way towards a clean energy future,” Mr Batchelor said.

“We know that we need to cut emissions and increase renewable energy supply in Victoria and it is fantastic that by supporting that change we are seeing new investment and jobs for families in regional Victoria.”

Mr Batchelor said under the Liberal Party’s proposed wind farm policy, projects like this would not go ahead and communities like Crowlands would miss out on the significant economic boost these projects provide.

“The Crowlands Wind Farm project will provide a significant boost to this region with total investment in the project expected to be about $360 million,” Mr Batchelor said.

“Just last week I helped announce that AGL’s $1 billion Macarthur wind farm would go ahead. At that launch AGL’s managing director Michael Fraser said under the Liberal Party’s policy the Macarthur project would not have gone ahead.

“Ted Baillieu’s wind farm policy would mean less windfarms and less renewable energy in Victoria.

“In contrast, our Government has worked hard to strike the right balance in our support for wind farm projects, taking into account community, economic and environmental factors.

“The support for projects such as Macarthur and Crowlands, by both investors and local communities, show we are getting that balance right.

“This project will bring jobs to the local area, non farming revenue for landowners and payments for local councils as well as clean renewable energy for the community.”

The wind farm, located about 25km north east of Ararat, will have a generating capacity of 172 megawatts, providing clean energy for 80,000 homes. It will also generate between 100 and 160 jobs during the construction phase and 18 ongoing jobs once operational.

Member for Ripon Joe Helper said the announcement today of planning permit approval for this project was a great outcome for the region.

“I know the Crowlands community will be very excited. There has been significant support for this project locally and I am pleased that the project will now be able to go ahead,” Mr Helper said.

“The jobs and flow-on economic benefit generated by this project will provide a significant boost to Crowlands and surrounding communities for many years to come.

“I join with the local community in looking forward to work starting on another great renewable energy project for Ripon.”

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