The Victorian Wind Alliance has reiterated the need for more wind energy in Victoria, following the release of a draft report on climate change, which details a disturbing outlook for regional Australia.
The yet to be released report, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, claims that dairy production will decrease in all states except Tasmania and profits from beef and sheep production will drop by 85% and 40% respectively as a result of shorter growing seasons, as reported in today’s Herald Sun.
Victorian Wind Alliance state coordinator Andrew Bray said it was a no brainer that wind energy is a clear solution to mitigating climate change.
“Wind energy cuts our emissions while guarding farms against future income shocks. It’s a pretty sensible response,” Mr Bray said.
“We know that climate change is a major threat to agricultural production.
“Wind power can help to mitigate this risk while at the same time bringing huge benefits to Victoria’s regional farming communities.
“It’s a win-win solution.”
Mr Bray also expressed concern that the state anti-wind laws introduced by former Premier Ted Baillieu are continuing to restrict development and put enormous pressure on the wind industry.
“These restrictive laws are putting farmers’ livelihoods and the local economy at risk,” Mr Bray said.
“We need rational planning laws and stable policies from governments and for wind developers to commit to maximising local jobs and investment.
“Victoria needs investment in clean wind energy, to protect and improve our local environment and make our contribution to protecting the global environment.”
VicWind brings together communities, businesses and individuals in Victoria who support more wind energy for our state.
MEDIA: Victorian Wind Alliance spokesperson Andrew Bray is available for comment on 0434 769 463.