The Victorian Wind Alliance has today welcomed a decision by the King Island community to support a feasibility study into a new wind farm, which could bring massive investment, jobs and direct income to the local community.
The decision to support the two-year study will allow TasWind - the firm proposing a 600MW wind farm for the island - to examine the economic, technical and environmental aspects of the wind farm proposal.
Victorian Wind Alliance state coordinator Andrew Bray said the decision was great news for King Island, but warned that without strong political leadership on the issue, communities will continue to be divided.
“This is a positive step forward for the people of King Island and their economy,” Mr Bray said.
“If the wind farm proves feasible, it will provide huge investment, income and employment for the community, particularly following economic blows such as the closure of an abattoir, a shrinking population and increased shipping costs.
“The wind energy debate needs strong political leadership to avoid communities being misled, confused and divided by anti-wind campaigns.
“The current lack of political leadership on this issue to date means that communities will continue to be divided and the economic opportunities of investment, income and employment will potentially be lost in King Island and other communities who want cheap, clean and everlasting power.
“Having said that, we’re extremely pleased and encouraged that the King Island community will now be able to get all the information they need to make an informed choice about the wind farm proposal,” Mr Bray said.