Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says uncertainty around solar farm development in regional areas must come to an end.
This week Ms Sheed again called on the Victorian Government to share a timeline for decisions on four local planning applications and the release of draft guidelines for future solar development.
Ms Sheed said after urging the Planning Minister to address the lack of guidelines for solar farms across the state and to support Greater Shepparton City Council by calling in the projects, she would continue to put pressure on the Government to follow through.
“It has been nearly seven months since you called in these projects and more than three months since the end of the Panels Victoria hearings that took place in Shepparton,” Ms Sheed said during Question Time on Wednesday.
“I understand the panel’s recommendations were submitted to your office some time ago and that a final decision is now in your hands.”
“While there is wide support for renewable energy projects in the Shepparton District, there can be no doubt that this region comprises high-value agricultural land that has had substantial recent investment in irrigation modernisation.
“There are competing interests at play here and my community is looking for certainty going forward.”
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