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Windfarms: why are we being targeted?

"Because this is rather new technology, most of the information is coming from the developers themselves and they are not going to raise matters that might be detrimental to the industry.... They are trying to rush these developments through for at the moment the system is very attractive with its tax shelters and carbon credit availability. But we need to slow this all down and look long term at the issues."

A CULLERIN resident's question to Upper Lachlan Shire councillors asking "will you be giving unqualified support to residents in the windfarm debate" resulted in healthy debate.

Mrs Michelle Edwards raised the matter at Council's December meeting during its now-regular pre-meeting question time.

It led the deputy mayor Cr John Shaw to immediately turn to fellow councillors and ask: "Why is the Southern Tablelands the only area in NSW being subjected to windfarms?"

"I think we need to know from this government is its attitude to these developments and ask why this region is specifically being singled out for development and not the coast where the wind is," Cr Shaw retorted.

"I also think we full details in black and white from windfarm applicants' development applications explaining their de-comissioning plans and or bank bond details to cover their removal from the landscape once they have exceeded their use by date."

However, Cr Charlie Prell on whose family's land the Crookwell 2 windfarm has been approved, said: "the impression the Southern Tablelands had been bombarded by windfarms was false".

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A CULLERIN resident's question to Upper Lachlan Shire councillors asking "will you be giving unqualified support to residents in the windfarm debate" resulted in healthy debate.

Mrs Michelle Edwards raised the matter at Council's December meeting during its now-regular pre-meeting question time.

It led the deputy mayor Cr John Shaw to immediately turn to fellow councillors and ask: "Why is the Southern Tablelands the only area in NSW being subjected to windfarms?"

"I think we need to know from this government is its attitude to these developments and ask why this region is specifically being singled out for development and not the coast where the wind is," Cr Shaw retorted.

"I also think we full details in black and white from windfarm applicants' development applications explaining their de-comissioning plans and or bank bond details to cover their removal from the landscape once they have exceeded their use by date."

However, Cr Charlie Prell on whose family's land the Crookwell 2 windfarm has been approved, said: "the impression the Southern Tablelands had been bombarded by windfarms was false".

He noted that the Monaro and New England had already attracted wide interest and the coastal regions were not suitable due to wind fluctuations.

Cr Prell said that while the Crookwell 2 had been approved, Walwa and Taralga both had "significant problems".

Cr John Coombs, a long time critic of the windfarm approval mechanism, urged councillors to "spend more time determining what this council's position is in respect to further development applications".

Speaking afterwards outside the council chamber, Mrs Edwards said a number of issues had yet to be debated in relation to windfarms.

"Because this is rather new technology, most of the information is coming from the developers themselves and they are not going to raise matters that might be detrimental to the industry," she said.

"They are trying to rush these developments through for at the moment the system is very attractive with its tax shelters and carbon credit availability.

"But we need to slow this all down and look long term at the issues.

"Should we be giving developers the keys to our farms and dotting these things around the landscape on pristine productive land, or should we be encouraging proper research and perhaps placing them in the one area?"

Mrs Edwards said there were concerns in many informed quarters as to the fire danger, particularly in bushfire-prone inland Australia.

"Overseas experience has shown that turbines can catch alight due to mechanical failures or electrical faults and because they can contain up to 400 litres of oil, they have been know to become flaming cartwheels," she said.

"The blaze will disengage from the blades and while that does little environmental damage in the green fields of Europe, in Australia, and specifically, the Southern Tablelands, that could be catastrophic.

"All we ask of our public representatives is to look at both sides and properly examine the long-term effects of wind turbines and have a proper assessment as to the suitability of this technology in the full scheme of things."

Source: http://goulburn.yourguide.c...

JAN 2 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/888-windfarms-why-are-we-being-targeted
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