Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Relocate proposed Melton Renewable Energy Hub
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the proposed development of the Melton Renewable Energy Hub, a solar panel farm and battery storage facility in Hillside. The site will span more than 1.2 kilometres and will only be 450 meters away from residential properties. This poses a significant risk to the local community, including but not limited to health risks, noise pollution, fire hazards, toxic fumes emissions and the devaluation of property.

On 30 July 2021, there was a battery fire at a Moorabool battery storage site, emitting toxic fumes. That site had a similar set-up to the proposed Hub at Hillside. Despite being approximately 2.5 kilometres away, residents were warned to stay indoors, close window vents and to turn off heating and cooling systems due to the poor and toxic air quality. The fire was extinguished after three days, with more than 150 firefighters, 30 fire trucks and support vehicles attending the incident.

The proposed site in Hillside needs to be relocated to be several kilometres away from residential properties.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to relocate the proposed Melton Renewable Energy Hub to a location that is several kilometres away from residential properties so that any risk to the local community is mitigated.
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