‘Protect the RET’, write Western Vic councillors to PM

Featured Image -- 8638The mayors of Ararat, Northern Grampians and Pyrenees shires will write to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, calling for the 41-terawatt-hour Renewable Energy Target to be retained.

The Mayors from western Victoria fear a weakened Renewable Energy Target will kill off proposed wind farms in the region. For local councillors, that means jobs, investment, drought-proof income for farmers and rates are on the line.

Emma D’Agostino reports for The Wimmera Mail Times:

Northern Grampians Shire Council will also help draft a letter to Mr Abbott about the importance of wind farms planned for Northern Grampians, Ararat and Pyrenees municipalities.

Cr Erwin said the proposed wind farms were at risk if the Renewable Energy Target was wound back.

“The wind farms at Crowlands, Ararat, Bulgana and Stockyard Hill are potentially a $1.68-billion investment in our region that will provide $1.3 million a year in rates to our councils, $300,000 a year to…

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