Ted Baillieu's resignation presents the Coalition with the opportunity to dump the former-Premiers regressive anti-wind farm laws (called VC82).
Research by Friends of the Earth estimates that the wind policy championed by Ted Baillieu has cost Victoria around $887 million in lost or stalled investment.
Meanwhile, much of our best farmland is under exploration for coal or gas. Gippsland produces food worth $1.3 billion each year, yet the fossil fuel industry is hoping to greatly expand mining operations across this region.
The new Premier must show he is listening to community concerns about new coal and gas.
Congratulations on your appointment as Premier of Victoria. This gives the Coalition the opportunity to dump the former Premiers regressive anti-wind farm laws (VC82).
Research by Friends of the Earth estimates that the wind policy championed by Ted Baillieu has cost Victoria:
• Around $887 million in lost or stalled investment.
• 650 direct jobs lost or stalled in construction.
• 54 on-going jobs in management of wind farms.
• 1,408 indirectly associated (flow-on) jobs.
South Australia has been the main beneficiary of VC82, with substantial development of the wind sector in recent years. Job opportunities, investment, and income for farmers and local Councils have moved west as a result of the barriers that have been placed in the way of this clean energy source.
Please commit to re-writing these laws and return balance to the planning system for renewable energy.
Last year, the Coalition government acted to respond to community concerns about the threat posed by new coal and gas operations across southern Victoria by implementing a moratorium on the process of Fracking in gas production.
Victoria must learn from the example of NSW and Queensland, where on-shore coal and gas is devastating rural communities. Please act to permanently protect our precious farmland.
I urge you to maintain the current moratorium on fracking, and extend it to any exploration activity for coal or gas.
Please initiate, as a matter of urgency, a thorough investigation into the likely impacts of this industry on:
• water resources,
• farmland and food security,
• local communities and natural biodiversity, and
• greenhouse emissions.
Without this data it would be negligent to allow any further development of the fossil fuel industry in our state.