BAILLIEU’S ANTI-WIND FARM LAWS KILLS OFF JOBS

Posted on 09. Sep, 2011 in Greening Victoria

Victorian State Labor will move to revoke Premier Baillieu’s anti-wind laws that will kill off Victoria’s wind farm industry at the expense of investment, jobs and the environment, the Shadow Minister for Planning, Brian Tee, said today.

Mr Tee today stepped up Labor’s attack against Mr Baillieu’s anti-wind farm laws, announcing Labor will spearhead a new campaign against the laws and releasing a map showing planning changes had effectively closed off most of Victoria for development.

In Parliament next Wednesday, Mr Tee will seek to revoke the Baillieu Government’s new anti-wind farm planning scheme amendment.

“These laws are a disaster for the industry in Victoria and demonstrate the Baillieu Government’s lack of vision for the environment and job creation in this state,” Mr Tee said.

“Mr Baillieu and his Planning Minister Matthew Guy have created a dense maze of wind farm “buffers” and “bans” that have shut down Victoria for future wind farm projects.

“Wind farm companies are now closing up shop in Victoria and abandoning new projects saying the laws will make it impossible for them to get planning approval.

“Mr Baillieu says his changes are about “fairness”, but in the months to come, the Premier will need to explain to families who lose jobs how his changes are fair on them.”

Mr Tee said Mr Baillieu’s anti-wind farm laws had set a dangerous new precedent for policy making inVictoria.

“It’s one thing for the Premier to admit he doesn’t like the way wind farms look – but it’s damning when this bias translates into a wind farm policy that kills off a burgeoning industry and jobs.

“Wind farms play a crucial role in reducing Victoria’s dependence on dirty brown coal. Importantly, the industry also supports investment in Victoria and new jobs for hundreds of families.

“Good policy making is not about acting on personal prejudices. It’s about doing what is best for the State and the people ofVictoria.

“Mr Baillieu’s anti-wind farm laws fail this test.”

Mr Tee also launched a new public campaign against Mr Baillieu’s anti wind-farm.

“I urge all Victorians who are concerned about these changes to lodge their protest by writing to Premier Baillieu at Ted.baillieu@parliament.vic.gov.au and call on him to revoke these laws.”

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