My constituency question is for the Minister for Energy and Resources. On 20 March Premier Andrews and the minister announced the implementation of a policy commitment made before the election to scale back wind farm buffer zones from 2 kilometres to 1 kilometre.
Along with this important policy implementation the Premier announced the development of the Victorian Renewable Energy Action Plan. The minister would be aware that many proposed wind energy projects are in Western Victoria Region, the electorate I serve, as it has favourable conditions for wind farms. There is also an established industry, including Keppel Prince in Portland.
Can the minister inform me of what she considers to be the potential beneficial outcomes to the rural and regional economies of western Victoria as a result of these two announcements?