Solar farm hearing: Local farmers speak up

A solar farm previously developed by the RES group now looking to establish a similar solar farm at Baringhup.

Baringhup farmers have told a state planning panel the site proposed for the Baringhup solar farm is strategically valuable agricultural land that’s only likely to become more valuable for farming as climate change impacts into the future.
Fourth generation Baringhup farmer Peter Baker was among eight Baringhup locals to present to the panel during a well attended final day of hearings held at the Baringhup Hall this week.
Mr Baker vigorously disputed earlier evidence presented to the panel by an expert witness for the applicant, Res Australia, who had agreed that while the land was quality agricultural land it was not significant or versatile and there was no irrigation available to enhance its importance. Full story in today’s Mail …

Eve Lamb
Journalist and photographer Eve Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Deakin University and a Master of Arts (Professional Writing) from Deakin University. She has worked for many regional newspapers including the Hamilton Spectator and the Warrnambool Standard, and has also worked for metro daily, The Hobart Mercury, and The Sunday Tasmanian. Eve has also contributed to various magazines including Australian Cyclist.