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Hodgkinson welcomes wind farm inquiry findings

The Nationals Member for Burrinjuck, Katrina Hodgkinson, has welcomed the findings of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Rural Wind Farms, which were released recently, and said the report addresses many of the concerns held by local communities. "The proliferation of Industrial Wind Power Stations in the region of the Burrinjuck electorate is of concern to many local residents," Ms Hodgkinson said.

The Nationals Member for Burrinjuck, Katrina Hodgkinson, has welcomed the findings of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Rural Wind Farms, which were released recently, and said the report addresses many of the concerns held by local communities.

"The proliferation of Industrial Wind Power Stations in the region of the Burrinjuck electorate is of concern to many local residents," Ms Hodgkinson said.

"Fourteen months ago, I wrote to the NSW Parliament General Purpose Standing Committee Number Five urging them to hold an inquiry to investigate these concerns and I was very pleased when the committee decided this was a significant matter needing investigation."

Ms Hodgkinson says the committee has made twenty-one recommendations that recognise many of the issues she has raised with the State Labor government, the Minister for Planning and in Parliament.

"I am pleased that the committee found previous consultation and planning approvals of industrial wind power stations could have been accomplished in a much better way and it has recommended appropriate changes," she said.

"The committee found that the fast development of industrial wind power... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The Nationals Member for Burrinjuck, Katrina Hodgkinson, has welcomed the findings of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Rural Wind Farms, which were released recently, and said the report addresses many of the concerns held by local communities.

"The proliferation of Industrial Wind Power Stations in the region of the Burrinjuck electorate is of concern to many local residents," Ms Hodgkinson said.

"Fourteen months ago, I wrote to the NSW Parliament General Purpose Standing Committee Number Five urging them to hold an inquiry to investigate these concerns and I was very pleased when the committee decided this was a significant matter needing investigation."

Ms Hodgkinson says the committee has made twenty-one recommendations that recognise many of the issues she has raised with the State Labor government, the Minister for Planning and in Parliament.

"I am pleased that the committee found previous consultation and planning approvals of industrial wind power stations could have been accomplished in a much better way and it has recommended appropriate changes," she said.

"The committee found that the fast development of industrial wind power stations without having adequate policy, or processes in place to address impacts on local communities, is a flawed approach.

"Included in the recommendations is the need for more information about planning and assessment guidelines for industrial wind power stations, a clear process for handling complaints, and a minimum setback distance of two kilometres, which is twice the current accepted distance."

The committee also called for a tripling of the public comment period for new developments, research into compensation options, firm guidelines for decommissioning industrial wind power stations and for developers to take aviation safety issues into account.

Further research into the effect on native birds and animals, land values, the environmental value of industrial wind power stations, local ownership and potential noise aspects was also recommended by the committee.

A limited number of the final reports are available from the Burrinjuck Electorate Office and can be obtained by email Burrinjuck@parliament.nsw.gov.au , phone 6226 3311, fax 6226 3345, or freecall 1800 00 2580. Electronic copies of the report can be obtained from the internet at www.parliament.nsw.gov.au.


Source: http://www.yasstribune.com....

FEB 6 2010
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