Residents are awaiting a decision on the Leonards Hill wind farm proposal after a hearing last week.
The Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal hearing began last Tuesday, and it may take two months before a decision is made.
The Hepburn Shire Council gave the proposal the go-ahead in February, despite it drawing 18 objections.
Objectors then went to VCAT to appeal the council’s decision.
The wind farm is being developed by Melbourne-based company Future Energy and the Hepburn Renewable Energy Association.
It will become Australia’s first community-owned wind farm, modelled on similar projects across Europe and the United States.
It consists of two two-megawatt wind turbines to be built on farmland at 2040 Ballan-Daylesford Rd, Leonards Hill.
Future Energy managing director David Shapero said he hoped the group was granted a permit.
“We were very impressed with the VCAT process.”The wind farm is a magnificent initiative by the community to take responsibility for their own energy needs into the future,” Mr Shapero said.
26 June 2007
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