Totally disagree with that. In my view Local Shire Councils are better placed to make decisions for their Communities. Most are not political decisions and there cannot be any conflicts of interest.
We had the same issues with Wind Farms about ten years ago and we and other Shires put Wind Energy Policy in place to make sure none of our Communities suffered. The Wind Industry labelled us as anti-renewable and made the arguments emotion driven, but funding the Greens and Australian Conservation Society to be vocal. All the policy really did was set fair set-backs, height limits on turbines and compensation for neighbours.
Labor State Government took over planning applications, and now Ballan will ringed with about 300 turbines 300 metres high. You can see them clearly from Melton.
Corangamite Shire has a very knowledgeable set of Councillors.