PENSHURST resident Keith Staff is threatening to withhold his rates payment if Southern Grampians Shire refuses to acknowledge a proposed wind farm will impact the value of his property.
Mr Staff and other residents of the town are angered by the proposed development, claiming it will substantially reduce land prices and rates should be recalculated to reflect the drop.
A recent ruling by the Federal Magistrate’s court found that wind farm proposals would negatively impact land values.
The ruling comes on the heels of last month’s decision by South Gippsland Shire Council to cut rates for one landowner on the basis that his property would lose value because of an adjacent wind farm that is yet to be built.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, February 21, 2013