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How one of Australia's most beloved wine towns could be RUINED by a monster solar farm

Daily Mail Australia|Padraig Collins |September 28, 2022
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One of Australia's most beautiful and beloved wine towns is being torn apart over plans for a gigantic solar farm, with one woman saying it has even affected her marriage. ...But a plan by the local Cox family to install 25,000 solar panels - at Burrundulla Solar Farm - has pitted them against many in the community from the mayor, to businesses and ordinary residents. 

  • Solar farm in Mudgee, NSW, had town divided with many fiercely opposed
  • One woman said the mega renewable energy project affecting her marriage
  • Plan by family to install 25,000 solar panels has pitted them against the town 
  • It would cause three-metre high, 1.5-kilometre long dirt mound on side of road
  • The mayor, local businesses and ordinary residents all oppose the solar farm
One of Australia's most beautiful and beloved wine towns is being torn apart over plans for a gigantic solar farm, with one woman saying it has even affected her marriage. 
 
Mudgee, in central NSW, is famous for its food, wine and stunning countryside and was just voted Australia's top tourism town for the second year running. 
 
But a plan by the local Cox family to install 25,000 solar panels - at Burrundulla Solar Farm - has pitted them against many in the community from the mayor, to businesses and ordinary residents. 
 
If the proposal goes ahead, there will be a massive sea of glass panels and a three-metre high, 1.5-kilometre long dirt mound by the side of the road leading into the town.
 
'You won't be able to see the mountains in the background, just this great big mound of dirt with weeds all over it,' Des Kennedy, the mayor of the town of 12,500 told A Current Affair. 
 
Business Mudgee president Ali Broinowskisaid: 'Nobody is against solar, it's just about the location. This is not a location for a solar farm.'
 
Craig and Anita Rusden moved to Mudgee because they wanted to live the rural life. They did not expect to have a huge solar farm proposed next door to their property.
 
'It's been hard on our marriage, it's been hard on our children,' Ms Rusden said.
 
Mr Rusden added that 'No one wants to look out and see a paddock full of solar p ... more [truncated due to possible copyright]
     
  • Solar farm in Mudgee, NSW, had town divided with many fiercely opposed
  • One woman said the mega renewable energy project affecting her marriage
  • Plan by family to install 25,000 solar panels has pitted them against the town 
  • It would cause three-metre high, 1.5-kilometre long dirt mound on side of road
  • The mayor, local businesses and ordinary residents all oppose the solar farm
One of Australia's most beautiful and beloved wine towns is being torn apart over plans for a gigantic solar farm, with one woman saying it has even affected her marriage. 
 
Mudgee, in central NSW, is famous for its food, wine and stunning countryside and was just voted Australia's top tourism town for the second year running. 
 
But a plan by the local Cox family to install 25,000 solar panels - at Burrundulla Solar Farm - has pitted them against many in the community from the mayor, to businesses and ordinary residents. 
 
If the proposal goes ahead, there will be a massive sea of glass panels and a three-metre high, 1.5-kilometre long dirt mound by the side of the road leading into the town.
 
'You won't be able to see the mountains in the background, just this great big mound of dirt with weeds all over it,' Des Kennedy, the mayor of the town of 12,500 told A Current Affair. 
 
Business Mudgee president Ali Broinowskisaid: 'Nobody is against solar, it's just about the location. This is not a location for a solar farm.'
 
Craig and Anita Rusden moved to Mudgee because they wanted to live the rural life. They did not expect to have a huge solar farm proposed next door to their property.
 
'It's been hard on our marriage, it's been hard on our children,' Ms Rusden said.
 
Mr Rusden added that 'No one wants to look out and see a paddock full of solar panels.'
 
One of the best known locals is Ken Sutcliffe, the former host of Wide World of Sports, and he is vehemently against the proposal.
 
'Don't put this on the front door of one of the most beautiful and historic towns in Australia,' he said. 
 
Mayor Kennedy said there are already several solar businesses in the area, but none of them are so close to the town.
 
'We've probably got more solar farms either in the construction phase or DA (development application) stage than any other area in the state,' he said.
 
'Here we are going to dig up 40, 50 acres of beautiful land out there and put bloody solar panels all over it for the sake of a few bob, just doesn't stack up.'
 
The Burrundulla Solar Farm proposal is coming from the Cox family, whose ancestors have been in the area for two centuries.
 
'You won't be able to tell if it's a lake or a solar farm, as simple as that,' Chris Cox said, defending the plan.
 
The family's proposal to the Mid-Western Regional Council said there are 'approximately 29 residential dwellings located within a 1 kilometre radius of the site from which the site can be viewed'.
 
Mr Cox didn't disagree with people who say it would be an eyesore, saying there are 'eyesores everywhere (one more is) not going to make any difference'.
 
He said the proposed site, beside his family winery, would make good use of bad land.
 
'It is really poor soil … and underlain with clay,' he said.
 
But neighbours are taking that with a pinch of salt, saying adjoining fields support rich grazing land and vineyards.
 
The solar farm has been knocked back three times already by the council, but the Cox's are plan to bring it back a fourth time.
 
Mr Sutcliffe said it's about time the Coxes came up with another idea.
 
'Get the hint fellas, get the hint. Go and make a quid somewhere else,' he said.
 
But Mr Cox is not deterred. 'They've got to look after their interests, we have to look after ours,' he said.

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