Today I am excited to be attending the opening of the Macarthur wind farm, with wind farmers, wind workers, local community representatives and Dr Denis Napthine, the Premier of Victoria.
VicWind put out the following media release this morning:
Victorian Wind Alliance Welcomes Premier's Endorsement of Macarthur Wind Farm
The Victorian Wind Alliance today welcomed the decision of Dr Denis Napthine, the Premier of Victoria, to open the Macarthur wind farm.
"The Macarthur wind farm is a nationally significant clean energy development," said Andrew Bray, state coordinator for VicWind.
“Premier Napthine's the opening of Australia's largest wind farm is an endorsement of wind energy and the benefits it brings to country Victoria.”
"Wind energy is good for jobs, good for communities and good for the economy.”
“I am proud to be attending the opening today, to speak up for the 80% of Victorians who want more wind energy.”
“Wind farms have proven economic benefits for the communities who host them."
Research by Sinclair Knight Mertz estimates the Macarthur and nearby Oaklands wind farm projects have pumped $67 million into the southwest and created 900 construction jobs and 52 ongoing jobs.
"This opening wraps up a two year construction phase that saw local construction contractors working feverishly to complete the project," said Mr Bray, who learned of local job creation while visiting the Macarthur region.
"With 20 locals permanently employed, the Macarthur wind farm is now the biggest single employer in this rural district.” said Mr Bray.
VicWind is a newly-formed alliance of small businesses, wind farmers, wind workers and community groups who support more wind energy for our state.
The founding members of VicWind come from communities across Victoria: Ararat, Bacchus Marsh, Ballarat, Bellbrae, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Creswick, Daylesford, Foster, Hamilton, Korweinguboora, Leonards Hill, Lexton, Macarthur, Melbourne, Portland, Riddells Creek, Spring Hill, Trentham, Waubra and Wonthaggi.