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State Labor vows to dump wind farm restrictions


Source: The Standard, 17 October 2013

LABOR has promised to save Victoria’s wind industry by dumping strict planning laws if it wins government at the next state election. 

The opposition’s planning spokesman Brian Tee told The Standard yesterday that laws giving landowners power to veto turbines within two kilometres of their homes would be repealed if Labor wins. 

Labor would also scrap an additional law banning turbines within five kilometres of major townships. 

The news has been welcomed by wind groups who have been campaigning heavily against the law which was introduced by former premier Ted Baillieu in 2011. 

Earlier this month The Standard reported that a proposed 145-turbine project at Willatook had been downsized in part because of the setback law while another project in Naroghid was scrapped all together when it had to update its permit to include the rule.

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