I HAVE been following the story of the Brewongle solar farm with interest since I attended the public meeting where the behaviour was somewhat embarrassing.
The reasons being given against the solar farm are becoming more bizarre. Where is the letter from the real estate agent claiming land values will drop by 40 per cent?
I do not think passengers on the train will be upset by viewing a paddock of solar panels and I do not think summer temperatures will rise by four degrees.
I have always believed a farmer can do what they like with their land as long as it is legal and they are not growing illegal substances. Animals must also be well-treated and cared for with ample food and water.
Having solar panels will not affect the animals on nearby farms or the day-to-day running of farms. It is usual practice to run sheep among the panels to control the grass levels. I have observed this practice in South Australia.
However, perhaps future solar or wind farms should be on public land to end the envy of nearby farmers who resent the landholders with wind farms or solar farms receiving income. All income then derived could be put back into building more solar farms or wind farms.