More solar objectors raise concerns

By Rodney Woods

The panel created to provide recommendations in relation to four solar farms in the Greater Shepparton area heard from more frustrated objectors on Monday as the hearing came to a close.

Objectors raised concerns about a lack of guidelines for approving solar farms, the location of the proposed sites and possible temperature increases that could affect fruit budding.

Nathan Barolli, from NMB & J Barolli, had specific concerns about the impacts it would have on his business' ability to expand.

"Our staff is made up of more than 50 full time equivalents and this number is expected to grow more than double over the next three to five years," he said.

"If you approve these proposals, it means that you will restrict me and others to be able to expand our farming operations."

The panel will provide recommendations to the Victorian Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, and is also set to provide advice to the Victorian Energy Minister, Lily D'Ambrosio, about how future solar farm applications will be assessed in Victoria.

Read more in the Country News next week.