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Three wind projects lined up for Victoria state

Environment Effects Statements for three planned wind projects in Victoria are being undertaken by Windpower, a company based in Melbourne. Two of the projects are planned for the South Gippsland area of Victoria. One is a six turbine, 10 MW development to be located near Wonthaggi, while the other is a 60 turbine, 100 MW development slated for construction on six private properties in Bald Hills, 30 kilometres from Wonthaggi. The third project would see three turbines installed in Swan Bay, near the city of Geelong. The site chosen in Swan Bay is a listed wetland area and means the development must meet the requirements of the Commonwealth's Environment Protection and Conservation Biodiversity Act. Windpower's Stephen Buckle says the company is undertaking the required studies to ensure it complies with the act and says he is "optimistic that the projects will come to fruition." Community opposition to the plans, which are to be reviewed by a state government appointed independent planning panel rather than reviewed by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, has, however, been growing.

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