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Planning laws fail to give weight to clean energy goals

Amendments to the Victorian Planning Framework appear to be thwarting the pursuit of Australia’s clean energy goals, according to a study by the University of Melbourne.

The amendments, introduced one year ago, prohibit wind farms in many areas in the state and effectively give landowners veto power over turbines that are proposed within 2km of their homes.

Research indicates that these amendments fail to balance local interests with broader clean energy goals, giving priority to local concerns and creating barriers against wind farm development.

Read more at University of Melbourne

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  1. George Papadopoulos

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    This would have been a very valid argument if wind turbines were small enough to not notice; quiet enough to not disturb; safe enough so as to not expose people to low frequency noise and EMF hazards.