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Leonards Hill awaits wind farm decision  

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.

The Courier

26 June 2007

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