Moira Shire Council approved a number of projects at its ordinary meeting last Wednesday night at Cobram Civic Centre, two of which were quite significant for Cobram and district.
The first was a residential subdivision in the northeast section of Cobram township at Grasso Drive.
Council considered the development request for two adjoining parcels of land at the top of Grasso Dve which were classified as being in the shire’s general residential zone and subject to the town’s development plan overlay.
Comments and objections about the development were received by council and after discussion, the objections were withdrawn.
Council recommended that the development plan be approved and councillors voted in favour of the project, which will see a total of 67 houses being built on the site which totals 16.07ha.
The fruit trees have been removed from this former orchard land - which was rezoned by council in 2009 from farming to residential.
The second project of note was the proposed solar farm at Wunghnu, with a design capacity of 100MW of electrical power generation.
Objectors included local landowners who expressed fears of diminished rural amentity, damage to local roads during construction phase and impacts on the movements of native wildlife once a large fence enclosed the property.
Council imposed strict conditions on the new project and despite some lively debate the project was given the green light by councillors - though not unanimously.
Local energy production may assist plans to lower energy prices, with Victoria claiming the dubious honour of the most expensive electricity in the world.
French renewables corporation Neoen expects construction to begin next year at the 517ha site situated 3km east of Wunghnu.
The company already operates a similar solar facility at Parkes in NSW and has new sites in Dubbo and Griffith.