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Council rejects Newfield wind farm plan  

Corangamite Shire has refused to allow Acciona to build a 15-turbine wind farm at Newfield near Port Campbell in south-west Victoria.

Only one councillor supported the $50 million development.

Mayor Ruth Gstrein says there were several reasons why the council refused to issue the permit to Acciona.

“The wind farm is proposed to go on a significant ridge line on the Cobden Port Campbell road, the other issue is the cumulative impact of another industrial user in primarily a farming zone,” she said.

“There are two large gas plants already in that area, so by having a lot of industrial users it perhaps restricts the operation of a farming zone.”

The company has 60 days to launch an appeal against the council’s decision.

Acciona spokeswoman Stephanie Rice says the council’s decision is disappointing.

ABC South West Victoria

23 January 2008

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