Impact on Landscape and Australia / New Zealand
Plans for 276 large wind turbines in Central Otago would not "turbinise" the Lammermoor Range in Central Otago, a Meridian expert said.
Landscape expert Peter Rough said while the landscape would be changed by wind turbines, its rural character would remain.
"It's still fundamentally a rural landscape with an element of energy product," he said in the Environment Court in Queenstown yesterday.
Worries for the safety of wayward skydivers is just one of the concerns that has led Hobart to blow away a proposal to install wind-turbine power generators on a CBD rooftop.
Perth rejected the rooftop turbines in August last year when it denied a similar application, mostly on the basis of visual impact.
Concerns over visual impact and bird strikes marked Hobart's rejection of the turbines at a council meeting last night, but worries over skydivers was an added reason for knocking them back.
Ancient trees that could be up to 4000 years old should be protected from a wind farm development in South Australia, the Australian Democrats say.
State Democrat MP Sandra Kanck said the eucalyptus globulus biocostata trees at Mt Bryan should be heritage-listed.
She said the Hallet 3 cluster of 32 wind farm turbines planned for the Mt Bryan area, north of Adelaide, would be only 20 metres from what could be the oldest trees in the state.
The Forestry Co-operative Research Centre has already dated the trees at about 4000 years old.