Legistrative Council E-Petitions

E-petition Number
Refuse the development of a 5MW solar farm in Cosgrove
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that application no. PA2000974 for a proposed 5MW solar farm at 290 Cosgrove-Caniambo Road in Cosgrove is currently being assessed by the Minister for Planning.

This development is an unacceptable over-development of the site and should be refused due to its visual, agricultural, noise and parking impacts.

Unlike other solar farms in the district, the Cosgrove site is adjacent to elevated terrain and will be visually dominating. The use of the site diminishes the opportunities to effectively farm the land and is out of character with the surrounding agricultural land use. Adding to this, the inverter and transformer of the solar farm is located on the boundary of the Cosgrove site which will result in
off-site noise impacts on neighbouring agricultural properties.

The development has not included allowance for onsite parking, likely to result in unsafe and congested roads due to vehicles having to park on Cosgrove-Caniambo Road.

Finally, the scale and footprint of the solar farm will cover over 90 per cent of the site. A development of this scale should be accommodated in an existing industrial zoned area, not on farmland.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to refuse the use and development of a 5MW solar farm at 290 Cosgrove-Caniambo Road in Cosgrove.
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