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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Wind turbine battle

Proposals for a huge windfarm on remote King Island near Tasmania have caused a public battle as concerns for destruction of the peaceful environment of the island clash with the need for economic aid. Substantial bribes have been offered by the promoters of the 2 Billion dollar project which would see 200 huge ugly  turbines erected on the unspoiled landscape.

KING Islanders have always endured the Roaring 40s, but plans for a giant wind farm to harness the notorious westerlies have split the rusted-together community, before a crucial vote on the issue.
Islanders will begin voting in a postal ballot next Friday on whether the $2 billion wind farm -- the southern hemisphere's largest -- should proceed to a full feasibility process.
Despite supporting a yes vote, the island's mayor, Greg Barratt, said he might never have agreed to consider the plan had he known how it would split the 1560 islanders.
"The amount of nastiness that's come into the debate has really surprised me," Mr Barratt said. "I'm quite appalled. I just didn't contemplate that anything like that would happen because we've always been a very close-knit community. We've always battled away together at all the issues we face here: expensive freight, the high cost of living. If I had thought what has happened -- the split in the community -- was going to happen, I wouldn't have been very keen on the discussion."
Families are divided and friendships strained amid accusations of scaremongering, dirty tricks and even bribery.
King Island's location -- roughly halfway between Tasmania and Victoria, in the path of the Roaring 40s -- makes it one of the country's best places for wind farms. However, the scale of the TasWind project, proposed by state-owned Hydro Tasmania, has alarmed and angered many.
Each of the 200 turbine towers would reach 150m from base to top blade tip. That is three times the height of the island's Cape Wickham lighthouse -- Australia's largest -- and more than twice the height of Tasmania's tallest building, Wrest Point Casino.
These giant windmills will be spread over 20 per cent of the island's low-lying, undeveloped landscape, each visible from a distance of 20km.

1 comment:

  1. Perhaps Mr Barratt should not have been so surprised - it sounds almost like a re-run of the Gorden below Franklin fiasco