TWO wind farms in south-west Victoria have pumped $67 million into the local economy, according to developers.
A new report by strategic consultants Sinclaur Knight Mertz (SKM) for developer AGL has lauded the economic benefits of both the Macarthur wind farm and the Oaklands wind farm near Glenthompson.
The economic impact statement released this week claims that both wind farms contributed to one per cent of the region’s gross regional product and will provide up to 52 ongoing jobs
Around 900 people were previously employed during the construction stages.
The report also makes reference to the ongoing dispute between Moyne Shire and AGL over the condition of roads around Macarthur.
During the busiest construction times there were nearly 100 truck movements to the wind farm each day from quarries.
“Both Moyne Shire and VicRoads have been provided with funding from AGL and its partners to assist with road maintenance programs — this commitment has been over and above the obligations set down in the traffic management plans,” the report reads.