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Future of the RET crucial for the people of Crowlands

20131216_Crowlands_Darbyshires.jpgI was privileged to enjoy a gorgeous Sunday BBQ lunch with friendly company near Crowlands, a little farming community north east of Ararat.

This group of farmers has been waiting for a wind farm in their district for nearly ten years and it can't come soon enough.

They're pictured here in front of the ridge that will be home to the Crowlands wind farm once construction is completed.

One of the farmers told me they used to spend all their time "chasing rabbits from one side of the ridge to the other. I'll be glad to see it put to some good use."

While construction has commenced on the surrounding roads and compound, progress is likely to be slow until uncertainty about the Renewable Energy Target is sorted out.

This is something the residents around Crowlands well understand. They know how important a wind farm can be for the economic future of a rural community like theirs so they're ready to speak out strongly in support of the RET when it comes up for review next year. 

A number of my hosts eagerly joined up as VicWind members on the day and I'm looking forward to working with them to make sure our decision makers understand the RET is a crucial issue for rural Victoria.


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