Wind energy plan approved

Victorian town of Chepstowe will get a three-turbine wind farm after a $2.5 million state budget commitment.
Minister for Planning Matthew Guy said the proposal is consistent with the Victorian Coalition Government’s wind farm policy.
“This approval responds to concerns raised about potential impacts to local Brolga populations and proposes to locate all potentially hazardous power cables associated with the turbines underground,” Mr Guy said.
According to Mr Guy, the Department of Planning and Community Development conducted a “thorough investigation” of the subject site and surrounding areas.
Mr Guy said he brought the Chepstowe wind farm application before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in February because it raised issues about planning policy and achieving renewable energy objectives.
The approval requires native vegetation offsets and a Avifauna Management Plan will be prepared to monitor and manage birdlife populations around the site.
Future Energy is the wind farm’s proponent, located adjacent to Chepstowe.

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