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Wind tower firm threatens interstate move

Portland wind tower manufacturer Keppel Prince could move its business interstate because of the Victorian Coalition Government’s wind farm policy.

The company recently won a $27 million contract to build towers for the Macarthur wind farm, which is expected to create hundreds of jobs.

General manager Steve Garner says parts of the Coalition’s wind farm policy, like the minimum turbine set-back distance, could mean fewer new wind farms are built.

He says Keppel Prince could relocate to New South Wales.

“If Victoria does stall and we don’t see a future in it then obviously we’ve got to look where the business is and I think the next area of growth will be somewhere in NSW,” he said.

“There’s a lot of projects being proposed for the NSW region, so I guess we just have to wait and see what happens.”