Windfarms are essential to the renewables sector.
Council wants to retain control of windfarm proposal
The Moyne Council in south-western Victoria, is embroiled in a debate with a neighbouring council over a windfarm proposal.
The Southern Grampians Council has asked Planning Minister Matthew Guy to call in the application for a 223-turbine windfarm at Penshurst, north of Port Fairy.
The windfarm straddles the two municipalities.
Moyne Mayor Jim Doukas says his council wants to maintain planning control over the proposal.
He says it would be one of the largest windfarms in the state and local government should have a major say.
“If the minister decides to become the responsible (authority) and we don’t know whether he will or won’t because we haven’t made a decision yet, that takes a lot of power out of the hands of local government,” he said.
“They’re the ones that make all the assessments, they’re the ones who make the decision.”