A MAJOR review on the significance of south-west landscapes, which could lead to tighter planning controls, has closed for public comment.
Opponents of a proposed giant 223-turbine wind farm at Penshurst have highlighted the review’s description of the surrounding landscape as “a unique part of Western Victoria”.
Mount Rouse, Mount Napier, Mount Eccles and associated lava flows have been described as “highly significant landscape features”.
The draft landscape analysis will help determine state guidelines for development, economic growth and investment.
Penshurst resident Keith Staff welcomed the report, describing the information as “very clear and impactful”
“It should mean no wind farm in our area,” he said.
Proponent RES Australia is conducting an environmental effect statement and hopes to finalise most of the required environmental, engineering and technical assessments soon.
“Upon this, we would look to update the current wind farm layout with constraints which we have identified during the past two years,” the company said on its website.
“Following the layout update, we will hold another community open day in Penshurst to present our revised plans.”
Submissions must be lodged via the Department of Planning and Community Development’s website.
A final draft is envisaged by spring.
It is being done as part of the Great South Coast regional growth plan in partnership with state and local government.
The landscapes analysis says Mount Rouse, Mount Napier and Mount Eccles have exceptional statewide significance while Lake Condah is a listed nationally-important wetland, and all have significant importance for their economies.