Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, has called on the Federal Liberal Government to stop wasting millions on Wind Turbine paranoia and instead invest in renewable energy projects like the Woodend Community Wind Park.
A previous feasibility study into the viability of a community wind park for Woodend illustrated what many locals already know, that wind power is a real alternative for the communities around Woodend.
Whilst the project is supported by local Labor MPs and the State Labor Government, the Federal Government is wasting money on unnecessary scientific research and a Wind Farm Commissioner.
The Liberal Government has reportedly funded research costing $3.3million into the effects of wind farms on human health. This is despite the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) previously finding that there is no “consistent evidence” that a problem exists.
The Government has also appointed a Wind Farm Commissioner. A part time position paid $205,000 a year to listen to complaints about something for which there is no evidence.
A Parliamentary Select Committee on Wind Turbines heard endless testimony about the economic benefits of investment in wind power, and renewable energy more generally, and heard no credible evidence of a link between wind farms and health impacts.
“When it comes to wind farms and renewable energy, the Liberals are nothing but a joke and another example of how the radical right wing of the Liberal party are running the Government,” said Ms Chesters.
“At the moment Government policy and spending priorities are destroying Australia’s renewable energy industry, costing jobs and jeopardising Australia’s transition to a clean energy future.
“I call on the Government to get out of the ‘50s and start listening to communities like the Macedon Ranges community.”
"Wind power has the potential to provide not only sustainable energy, but also sustainable jobs in the Macedon Ranges, and it is a great pity that the current Federal Liberal Government is wasting millions of dollars that could be used to invest in community wind projects like the Woodend Wind Park."