The recently completed feasibility study into the viability of a community wind park for Woodend is good news for the area, Federal Labor Candidate Lisa Chesters said today.
“Wind power has the potential to provide not only sustainable energy, but also sustainable jobs into the future, and it is a great pity that the current State Government seems committed to preventing this proposal from ever becoming a reality.
“The feasibility study, which was set up using a $50 000 grant from the State Government, has confirmed what I understand many locals already know, that wind power is a real alternative for the communities around Woodend.
“I understand there is strong community support for the project which, apart from the energy produced for local use, also has the potential to generate significant revenue for the area.
“The Federal Labor Government is committed to reducing Australia’s reliance on carbon producing energy generation and has a number of schemes in place to encourage innovation and efficiency in energy production.
“Surely it is time that the State Coalition Government realised that its effective ban on the use of wind generators in the State is holding back development and doing nothing at all to help the economic growth of regional communities.
“I congratulate WISE on the work they have done to prove the community wind park concept in their area and wish them every success in their advocacy of the project.”