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Labor candidate backs wind farms in Ripon

Labor candidate for Ripon Daniel McGlone has backed local government and sections of the farming community campaigning for wind farms in rural communities.

Mr McGlone said a federal review recommending abolishing or reducing a Renewable Energy Target scheme would be disastrous for industry and the region.

“The Napthine Coalition Government should be supporting our region by taking farmers’ and councils’ concerns to the Federal Government,” he said.

“If the RET is reduced or abolished, it will impact on investment and local jobs in our region. If the wind farm at Charlton does not go ahead, Buloke Shire will lose $140,000 in rate revenue and it will cost the region jobs. The uncertainty doesn’t help farmers either – they must be able to plan for the future.

“If the Ararat Wind Farm doesn’t go ahead, it will cost 160 construction jobs and 255 indirect jobs. The total loss to Ararat will be approximately $155-million. And that’s just one of the wind farms planned for the region.

“The Whelan Report into local government found that many rural and regional councils have question marks over their financial sustainability. Wind farms make a significant contribution to council rates, improving the long-term sustainability of small rural municipalities.

“We need to think about a future in which farmers not only produce food and fibre, they also produce clean energy. This is the way forward.”

 

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Posted on Sep 24 2014

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