A POLITICAL tit-for-tat between two state politicians over wind farms is continuing.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has accused Liberal Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay of a back-flip on the issue.
Mr Ramsay previously owned land at Mount Gellibrand, east of Colac, that was going to host wind turbines, and wrote a letter of support to the then-Planning Minister Rob Hulls in 2005.
But Mr Ramsay, after becoming an upper house member, has called for more consultation with landholders and further research into the health effects of turbine noise.
“It is true to say that I, and other landholders, supported the proposed Mount Gellibrand wind farm six years ago,” he said.
“But much has changed since then – including the science, the plans, the land, the permit ownership and the landholders.”
Mr Ramsay said his constituents had raised concerns about the impact of wind farms, and he was doing his job in representing those views to parliament.
“I’ve raised concerns in parliament over the past year after constituents have come to me,” he said.
“I’m actually not anti-wind farming; I’m quite supportive of wind farms in certain areas and under certain conditions.”
Mr Barber said Mr Ramsay’s views had taken a “180-degree turn”.
“He’s rabidly anti-wind farm now but in 2005 he could not have been more enthusiastic about the Mount Gellibrand wind farm, from which he was going to profit,” he said.
“Almost every argument he makes against wind farms now, he said the opposite in 2005.
“He’s got some explaining to do.”
Mr Ramsay said he rejected Mr Barber’s criticism and questioned the Greens’ commitment to communities affected by wind farms.
“Mr Barber might also consider visiting the many homes of people who live near these wind farms and see what impact the turbines are having,” he said.
“It has divided communities, and Greg Barber doesn’t acknowledge that at all.”