Residents of coastal Gippsland have raised concerns about Australia’s largest offshore wind farm proposal off the south-east coast of Victoria.
The Star of the South wind farm is 496 square kilometres and hopes to power almost a million homes — almost a fifth of Victoria’s electrical needs.
In March 2019, the Federal Government approved an exploration license <www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-29/australia-first-wind-project-gets-exploration-licence/10953598>to investigate possible sites for turbines, cabling and power transmission stations.
The company has begun community consultations in coastal towns across Gippsland as part of a more detailed investigation and feasibility study.
Woodside Beach resident Kosta Frans attended the Woodside consultation and told organisers he was worried about the rising cost of electricity.
“We needed it [wind power] 20 years ago, but the thing is, I’ve got friends in South Australia … they’ve got electricity bills that read like my mobile phone number,” he said.
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