THE WINDS OF CHANGE
SOUTH-WEST residents are concerned about a changing landscape damaging Western Victoria’s hinterlands, after learning the belt of land between Hamilton and Warrnambool is prime for wind farms, due to its closeness to power infrastructure.
National Wind Farm Commissioner Andrew Dyer held a community presentation at Hawkesdale late last month, where he told residents that wind farm developers were seeking access to power infrastructure over wind.
Alcoa’s high-voltage transmission lines, linking Western Victoria to the Latrobe Valley, offer developers a cheaper way to distribute energy back into the grid.
The local worry comes on the back of the Government’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) of 40 per cent by 2025 and a fear this has caused politicians to overlook affected residents.
South West Coast MP Roma Britnell said people at the meeting wanted to ask questions and gain an understanding about the future density of wind farms in the region.