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Wind farm plan sparks mixed reaction

A proposed wind farm development north of the Canberra suburb of Hall has residents so concerned, some are considering legal action to prevent ActewAGL from proceeding with its plans.

Hall residents have stepped up their fight against the proposed wind farm, forming the Spring Range Community Landscape Guardians to oppose the development.

They are worried about the noise and the environmental and visual impacts.

Jenny Morris is one of the opponents.

"There should not be these turbines here and it will change our lives irretrievably forever," she said.

But ActewAGL's John Mackay does not agree.

"I'm absolutely confident that there will not be a noise problem, nor a wildlife problem at this site or any other wind site because the New South Wales Government simply wouldn't approve it if there was," he said.

The group has also accused the energy company of treating its concerns with contempt, but Mr Mackay says there will be extensive community consultation before a decision is taken.

ActewAGL is monitoring wind conditions at Spring Range with the aim of eventually constructing a wind farm with 10-15 towers.

Resident Phil Peelgrane is worried about the visual impact and noise.

"It annoys you it's like a dripping tap syndrome where it's always there and you've got to get up and turn it off, but this one you can't turn off," he said.

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Hall residents have stepped up their fight against the proposed wind farm, forming the Spring Range Community Landscape Guardians to oppose the development.

They are worried about the noise and the environmental and visual impacts.

Jenny Morris is one of the opponents.

"There should not be these turbines here and it will change our lives irretrievably forever," she said.

But ActewAGL's John Mackay does not agree.

"I'm absolutely confident that there will not be a noise problem, nor a wildlife problem at this site or any other wind site because the New South Wales Government simply wouldn't approve it if there was," he said.

The group has also accused the energy company of treating its concerns with contempt, but Mr Mackay says there will be extensive community consultation before a decision is taken.

ActewAGL is monitoring wind conditions at Spring Range with the aim of eventually constructing a wind farm with 10-15 towers.

Resident Phil Peelgrane is worried about the visual impact and noise.

"It annoys you it's like a dripping tap syndrome where it's always there and you've got to get up and turn it off, but this one you can't turn off," he said.

But Clive Hamilton from the Australia Institute says wind farms are the future.

"They're coming and we've got to get used to it," he said.

Mr Mackay says there are as many people in favour of wind farms as against.

"I doubt that there's any formula that would make everybody in that community happy, but we'll be doing our very best to consult with them," he said.

He says it is still early days and no decision has yet been made.
A European wind farm expert also says noise is not a problem with modern turbines.

Corin Millais of the European Wind Energy Association says the technology has been refined.

"I mean noise was an issue 20 years ago when we first inventing these machines, and they were kind of a bit like engines on the end of sticks," he said.

"No I mean the noise regulations are pretty clear in the law - I mean you can barely hear these over the rustle of wind through the trees."

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/...

JAN 25 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/1059-wind-farm-plan-sparks-mixed-reaction
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