AN outcome on the proposed Cherry Tree Wind Farm near Seymour is expected early next week.The case, currently before the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal, has been going since January 29.
Infigen Energy submitted a planning application to Mitchell Shire Council in September last year to build the $100 million wind farm comprising of 16 turbines.
The council rejected the application in November and Infigen subsequently took the matter to VCAT hoping to overturn the decision.
It comes amidst growing angst from a number of residents living near the Macarthur wind farm who are calling for government grants to wind operators be cut if turbines exceed 10 decibels.
The community has been seeking local political support.
Federal senators Nick Xenophon and John Madigan introduced a bill to Parliament in November last year that would require wind farms to operate under 10 decibels.
Half the bill was debated last year and it will be up for debate again in July.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Association of Victoria's wind farm working group will be reconvened in March.
Council chief executives will this month be invited to nominate a councillor and senior planning officer to take part in the working group.
The working group will provide an avenue to exchange lessons learnt on wind farm proposals, and a forum to discuss key issues