MEDIA RELEASE: Wonwondah wind farm gets the green light - Will local Nationals MP support jobs & investment?

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A new wind farm in Wonondah North in western Victoria has been given the green light by the Andrews government and will bring jobs and investment to the Wimmera region. 

Friends of the Earth say the local region can be proud of the project that will power 25,000 homes and help Victoria tackle climate change. 

"Victorian climate change solutions such as the Wonwonda wind farm bring jobs and investment to regional communities," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth climate spokesperson. 

"The facility will contribute towards Victoria meeting its legislated target of zero net emissions by 2050--something the whole community can be proud of." 

Friends of the Earth say that with climate change impacts--such as hotter and drier conditions in the region--becoming more apparent, positive solutions to cut emissions is something all political parties can support.   

"With the Federal government failing to act on climate change we need to see greater leadership in Victoria," said Leigh Ewbank. 

"Premier Daniel Andrews can supercharge our efforts to tackle climate change by committing to deliver Victoria's first climate-focused budget."

"A commitment from Matthew Guy to uphold the state's climate change laws is a simple first step the opposition can take on the issue."
 
The Liberal Party voted against the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) in 2017 and has pledged to scrap the policy that will create an estimated 10,000 jobs if elected in November. 

"If Matthew Guy and the opposition support jobs and investment in the Wimmera it would drop its pledge to scrap the Victorian Renewable Energy Target," said Pat Simons. 

"It's never too late to do the right thing." 

"Will local National Party MP Emma Kealy stand up for local jobs by lobbying her party colleagues to support the VRET?," asked Pat Simons, Yes 2 Renewables spokesperson.

Friends of the Earth will contact Emma Kealy MP to inquire about what actions she will take to champion local renewable energy jobs within the Nationals party room.