TOUR: Community members from Western Downs and the South Burnett. Contributed
TOUR: Community members from Western Downs and the South Burnett. Contributed Contributed

South Burnett community tours two Victorian wind farms

SOUTH Burnett councillors and community members toured AGL's Macarthur and Oaklands Hill Wind Farms in regional Victoria.

Potential Coopers Gap Wind Farm host and tour attendee, Cyril Stewart said the tour was enlightening.

"I can see no adverse physical effects from being near the wind turbines. In my opinion, the sooner they can build it the better. It's not just going to be of benefit to participating landholders, but the whole community," Mr Stewart said.

John Maher, whose property could neighbour the farm said he found the visit informative.

I don't think there will be any physical effects from the wind farm on people. I also didn't see any impacts on farm animals or wildlife either. And I'm keen for all the community to get some benefit from having such a large economic investment in our area," Mr Maher said.

Coopers Gap Wind Farm project manager, Neil Cooke, said the trip was organised to help answer questions members of the community have had about what a wind farm looks and feels like.

The Coopers Gap Wind Farm is proposed to have a capacity of up to 350 MW, which would produce approximately 1,100 GWh of renewable energy, powering more than 190,000 average Australian homes.