Wind farm work stalls
THE installation of power poles linking Bald Hills Wind Farm to the grid remains at a standstill.
The wind farm and South Gippsland Shire Council are still investigating residents’ concerns about the amount of vegetation being cleared.
Council met with residents and Bald Hills Wind Farm general manager Matthew Croome outside Tarwin Lower Cemetery, on Inverloch-Venus Bay Road, on Wednesday.
Bryan Sword, council’s manager of planning and environmental health, said council considered locals’ concerns and walked residents through works to be undertaken within the road reserve.
Attendees and Mr Sword also discussed replanting opportunities.
Bald Hills Wind Farm will be preparing a proposal about replanting opportunities for council to consider.
Mr Sword said any proposals to replant would be subject to VicRoads’ approval.
Council is still investigating clearing works undertaken to date, but Mr Sword felt Bald Hills Wind Farm probably had not breached its permit.
“Council is liaising with the wind farm proponent and will continue to undertake inspections to assess compliance with the permit conditions,” Mr Sword said.
“Consistent with any planning enforcement investigation, decisions on enforcement actions are dependent on the nature and/or severity of any breaches.”
Mr Croome of Bald Hills Wind Farm did not respond to The Star’s questions.
Eastern Victoria MLC Danny O’Brien met with concerned residents on Monday, August 25.
He will take some of their concerns to Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy this week, namely possible changes to the wind farm planning permit.
Mr O’Brien also discussed vegetation clearing and siting of turbines with residents, but he said those issues were for council to clarify.
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