Residents close to Seymour have banded collectively to make sure their voices are heard after the emergence of plans to construct what could be Victoria’s largest wind farm within the space.
The Inventory and Land reported in Could plans by Italian firm FERA to construct a 600-megawatt wind farm between Seymour and Ruffy, with strategies it might characteristic as much as 80 200-metre tall wind generators.
In response to the stories, Strathbogie tablelands residents organised a gathering with representatives from FERA Australia, an entirely owned subsidiary of FERA Srl Italy, in July.
Some landowners within the space reported being approached by FERA to debate internet hosting wind generators, however plans for the wind farm weren’t publicly recognized till media stories.
Greater than 80 residents met once more on the finish of July to debate the plans amongst themselves, forming a Strathbogie Tableland Wind Farm Job Pressure.
Job drive spokesman Rob Jamieson, a Ruffy resident, mentioned the group was usually against the undertaking, with issues about its potential social and environmental impacts.
Whereas FERA representatives estimated the wind farm would help between 200 and 250 jobs throughout development and 10 to fifteen ongoing jobs as soon as accomplished, Mr Jamieson mentioned residents nonetheless had points with the proposal.
“One necessary concern … is the impression of this undertaking on the group’s social cloth. There are numerous examples the place the outcomes of comparable initiatives have been socially damaging and divisive,” he mentioned.
“The economics related to this undertaking are questionable and should effectively go away this group with a confronting legacy.
“It is very important level out that the group was, usually, understanding of the necessity to transition to various types of energy era.
“We’re nevertheless strongly questioning the suitability of the situation for this very massive industrial infrastructure.”
Mr Jamieson rejected the concept that the group had been NIMBYs – an acronym for not in my again yard –however felt obliged to guard an space that was ‘culturally important, environmentally delicate, ecologically numerous and a pristine location’.
He mentioned the situation was enticing to FERA due to its elevation and wind profile, proximity to major transmission energy traces and bigger landholdings.
He mentioned FERA was desperate to work with the group on the undertaking, suggesting the institution of a group profit fund that would help native infrastructure initiatives equivalent to cell phone towers, CFA stations, faculties, and different group services.
Landholders who agreed to host generators on their properties could be supplied an annual greenback quantity or a proportion of energy generated, whichever was larger.
The Australian Energy Market Operator, AEMO, web site confirmed a proposal for a Seymour Wind Farm operated by FERA Australia with capability to generate 600 megawatts, however each the Division of Atmosphere, Land, Water and Planning, DELPW, and Mitchell Shire Council mentioned that they had not obtained planning functions to construct a wind farm within the space.
Mr Jamieson mentioned the undertaking was solely in its preliminary levels as FERA consulted with landholders.
He mentioned FERA representatives informed him they deliberate to put in wind monitoring tools to guage the feasibility of a wind farm in late 2022 or early 2023, with planning and detailed design work to happen between 2023 and 2025.
The earliest estimate for development on the wind farm to begin was 2025, with the farm projected to take two years to construct.
The Overview requested a remark from FERA however obtained no response earlier than yesterday’s print deadline.