South Australia has revamped its policy on wind farms to discourage them in the state’s key wine growing and tourism regions of McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley.
The revised rules will also remove statements that “explicitly envisage” wind farms in valuable environmental and scenic areas including the Clare Valley, coastal areas, conservation zones, the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Flinders Ranges and the River Murray corridor.
They will continue to keep wind turbines at least one kilometre away from homes and at least two kilometres away from towns, but beef up rights of appeal for people affected by the developments.
Attorney-General John Rau said the government had responded to key issues raised during a consultation period which attracted 276 submissions.
“The government remains committed to providing ample opportunity for investment in wind energy in South Australia, while balancing the legitimate concerns of the community,” he said.
South Australia currently has more than half the nation’s wind power, which supplies more than 25 per cent of the state’s energy needs.
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