The federal government and the wind energy industry have reached agreement on a national code of practice for wind farms, which will ensure local communities have a say in future developments.
That follows a heated round table between wind industry representatives and the government which Environment Minister Ian Campbell said featured displays of anger and hostility.
Earlier this year the minister blocked a $220 million wind farm in Victoria’s Gippsland region, saying it would be a danger to the rare orange-bellied parrot.
Different states currently have different criteria for rules on where to place wind farms.
Senator Campbell said it was an important day for the renewables energy.
“You have got total confusion out there in the community and in the wind industry about policy on this and planning approvals,” he said in answer to a question from Judith Adams (LP, WA).
“You have got a Labor state minister saying they should roll over local communities and not show any interest in what local communities.
“The round table has agreed on a national wind code, supported by the wind industry.”
Senator Campbell said that had been backed by the wind energy industry, local communities and councils.
“The Commonwealth government is showing leadership in making sure that future wind farm processes are clear, transparent and create a good basis of investment for the industry but also ensure that local communities have a part in the process,” he said.