BOOKAAR'S Rodney Johnson made an impassioned plea at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Wednesday.
"Please protect our local environment from industrialisation on a mammoth scale," he said.
Mr Johnson, who purchased a small property in the area four years ago, said he was concerned about the proposed solar farm's impact.
He said the application stated a four metre vegetation screen would be erected, but this would not obstruct the view of the substation.
Mr Johnson also said he believed it would take many years for the screen to reach a height that would block the view of the solar panels.
He said 94 per cent of the submissions regarding the solar farm were opposed to it.
"Just because the planning laws might say you can, doesn't mean you should," he said.
Mr Johnson said his view would be heavily impacted by the solar farm.
"What we won't see is the horizon which we currently see now," he said.
Mr Johnson said he also had serious concerns about possible reflection from the solar panels.
Andrew Duynhoven became visibly upset when addressing the hearing.
He was talking about the possible fire risks on the site and said he was concerned the possibility of a blaze on the land would increase if the solar farm was built.
Mr Duynhoven, a CFA volunteer, said he had witnessed first hand the impacts of the St Patrick's Day fires and he did not want to see a repeat of this.
He said while it had been argued the solar farm would not impact on the ability of neighbours to continue their operations, the risk of flood and fire were concerns.
"How we manage that risk and deal with it is what will impact us," Mr Duynhoven said.
"We don't even know if we can put water on these panels."
Robert Towner, whose land adjoins the proposed site, said he shared a four kilometre boundary with the property.
He said his farm had a herd of 450 cows and employed two full-time staff members and two part-time employees.
"Our farm is our superannuation but if a permit is granted we wonder if there is any guarantee that our assets won't be depreciated by the erection of a solar farm next door," Mr Towner said.
"It's a real worry."
Mr Towner said he was concerned his fire insurance premiums would increase if the solar farm was built.
"If there's not a lot of grass on the site the water will run off and if there's a lot of grass there will be a high fire danger," he said.
Mr Towner said his property was also regularly visited by brolgas and wedge-tailed eagles.
Andrew Wilson said a suggestion made by the applicant there would not be increased run off from the solar farm site was "fanciful".
He said farmers in the area already had an issue with water logging in the winter months.
Mr Wilson said an increase in that water would render the land "useless".
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