Cunningham MP Alison Byrnes has recommended the proposed Illawarra offshore wind zone should be no closer than 20 kilometres to shore.
The call is contained in Ms Brynes's submission to the Illawarra offshore wind zone, which closes for community consultation today.
After consultation has concluded, Energy and Climate Change minister Chris Bowen will make a decision to either declare the zone at its full size, declare a smaller zone or not declare a zone at all.
Drag the slider to view the turbines at 10 and 20 kilometres offshore. Visualisatino supplied by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water
The Illawarra offshore wind zone has been the focus of intense community debate, with a rally against the zone drawing hundreds to Flagstaff Hill in Wollongong in October.
Debate has focused on the visual impact of the turbines, the potential impact on marine life and whether the power generated will reduce energy prices for Illawarra residents.
In addition to the minimum distance offshore, Ms Byrnes said the height of the turbines should be "minimised" while allowing generation capacity to be met.
She did not recommend a height limit, however the Newcastle zone, when declared, limited turbines to 260m in height, to address aviation safety.
Ms Byrnes also called for a community benefit dividend to be incorporated into the licensing structure, if the zone is declared, something she flagged at an offshore wind debate held earlier this month.
Overall, Ms Byrnes said she supported the proposal for the zone, conditional on strict environmental protections, the highest local content provisions and establishing a local advisory committee.
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