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A blow to wind farm objectors

The Department of Planning’s decision to recommend the approval of a 43-turbine wind farm at Flyers Creek, 20 kilometres south of Orange, has ended years of uncertainty for the group opposing the $195 million development.

The Department of Planning’s decision to recommend the approval of a 43-turbine wind farm at Flyers Creek, 20 kilometres south of Orange, has ended years of uncertainty for the group opposing the $195 million development.

But it won’t end their fight to stop it getting the final OK from the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) - expected as early as March.

Patina Schneider from the Flyers Creek Wind Turbine Awareness Group said the opponents would now channel their efforts into preparing for the PAC’s public meeting early next year.

Although the department’s decision on Wednesday was not the one the group wanted, Mrs Schneider was still hopeful the PAC would “have some morals” and see the inadequacies of the wind farm and its “inappropriate” location.

“It’s only a recommendation by the department, it’s not rubber stamped,” she said.

“We’ll keep fighting, we won’t let them come in and ruin our lifestyle.”

Jonathan Upson, the senior development manager with the wind farm’s developer Infigen Energy, said NSW Health’s assessment of the project showed there would be no health effects for residents living more than 700 metres away from the turbines and all residences were... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The Department of Planning’s decision to recommend the approval of a 43-turbine wind farm at Flyers Creek, 20 kilometres south of Orange, has ended years of uncertainty for the group opposing the $195 million development.

But it won’t end their fight to stop it getting the final OK from the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) - expected as early as March.

Patina Schneider from the Flyers Creek Wind Turbine Awareness Group said the opponents would now channel their efforts into preparing for the PAC’s public meeting early next year.

Although the department’s decision on Wednesday was not the one the group wanted, Mrs Schneider was still hopeful the PAC would “have some morals” and see the inadequacies of the wind farm and its “inappropriate” location.

“It’s only a recommendation by the department, it’s not rubber stamped,” she said.

“We’ll keep fighting, we won’t let them come in and ruin our lifestyle.”

Jonathan Upson, the senior development manager with the wind farm’s developer Infigen Energy, said NSW Health’s assessment of the project showed there would be no health effects for residents living more than 700 metres away from the turbines and all residences were at least one-kilometre from the proposed turbines.

But Mrs Schneider accused the department of negligence with its “inadequate” research and said the one-kilometre distance was nowhere near adequate.

Although her property is almost four kilometres from the nearest turbine, she said it was too complex to say who would be affected by noise from the wind farm.

The planning department has asked Infigen to scrap two of the turbines because of the unacceptable visual impact on a nearby property.


Source: http://www.centralwesternda...

NOV 30 2013
https://www.windaction.org/posts/39187-a-blow-to-wind-farm-objectors
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