The Baillieu Government’s flawed wind farm policy will cost jobs and investment in regional Victoria, stunt the growth of the wind farm industry and do nothing for the environment, the Shadow Minister for Planning, Brian Tee, said today.
The Baillieu Government’s much-maligned wind farm policy was gazetted today, which revealed further detail of how the policy would impact on industry and communities across Victoria.
“Mr Baillieu and his Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, have gone too far and these changes could close down the wind farm industry in Victoria,” Mr Tee said.
“The community and industry groups were already concerned about Mr Baillieu’s ill-conceived policy.
“Now it is clear the victims will be the environment, regional jobs and investment and our children who will miss out on a greener future.
“Mr Guy hasn’t done his homework and has failed to get the balance right.
“In fact, these measures are more stringent and prohibitive than anything promised in the election campaign.
“What this decision means is that jobs and investment – particularly in regional Victoria – will disappear.
“The loss of local jobs will mean families will leave regional Victoria to find alternative work. When local families are forced to move there will be a devastating ripple effect in these communities impacting local businesses, schools and the CFA.”
Mr Tee said the Baillieu Government’s changes would stifle the wind industry with onerous legislation and layer upon layer of bureaucracy.
“It appears Mr Guy’s vision is to ensure there are no wind farms in Victoria at all,” Mr Tee said.
“The only wind farms that will be supported by Mr Guy’s illogical policy will be those in South Australia and other states.”