PENSHURST wind farm opponents have seized on a new research report which rates western Victoria’s volcanic landscapes as having state significance.
They claim the report makes their case against the proposed 223-turbine project near Mount Rouse more compelling.
“This proposal is an inappropriate location for an industrial wind energy facility,” protest spokesman Keith Staff said.
“Foundation bases will need to be excavated out of the stony rises lava flow area for turbine towers,” Mr Staff said.
“It would be environmental vandalism on a massive scale.”
A spokesman for wind farm developer RES said yesterday the state research was very broad in comparison to an environmental effects statement (EES) that was being prepared for the Penshurst , which would be “very site-specific”.
He said RES had commissioned “rigorous and robust” assessments of the environment and landscape on the proposed site, south-west of Penshurst, to finalise turbine numbers and revise the wind farm layout.
The volcanic landscape report is part of a series of statewide research projects and will influence regional growth plans and planning schemes to protect and manage significant landscapes.
Sites identified as having state significance were Mount Rouse, Mount Napier and Harmans Valley lava flow, Mount Eccles and the Tyrendarra lava flow, Red Rock near Colac, Mount Leura, inland lakes, volcanic lakes, lakeside stony rises, Wannon Falls and Nigretta Falls.
Mount Emu, the Hummocks at Wando Vale, Dergholm state park, Merino tablelands and the Cobboboonee and Lower Glenelg national parks were given region significance.
The Grampians were rated as having state or higher significance.
The report is available from the Department of Planning and Community Development.