Wind farm opposed by ‘Landscape Guardians’

The following is a report from regional paper the McIvor Times in Central North Victoria about opposition to the proposed Baynton wind farm near Tooborac.

It is interesting to note that the Granite Boulders Landscape Guardians have been supported by the Australian Environment Foundation. The AEF is, according to Wikipedia,  a “front group founded by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), a conservative Melbourne-based think tank”.

For details on the proposed wind farm (from the proponent Transfield Services) check here.

Wind Farm Opposed
November 3 2010

The first public meeting of the Granite Boulders Landscape Guardians was held in the Tooborac hall on Sunday.

The attendees overwhelmingly opposed the development of a large wind farm in the Tooborac-Baynton areas.

Between 50 and 70 towers, 150m high (the height of the light towers at the MCG) are proposed by wind farm developer, Sydney-based Transfield Services, to be built along the ridges of the McHarg Ranges – a popular tourist spot famous for its spectacular rolling hills and granite boulders, wineries and wild life.

The group has been formed under the auspices of the Australian Landscape Guardians, a nationwide organisation devoted to preventing inappropriate changes to Australia’s landscapes.

Australian Environment Foundation executive director Max Rheese attended the meeting.

“The two hour meeting covered many issues associated with wind farms such as ill-health from people living with 2km of wind turbines, production of electricity two to three times the cost of current generation and insignificant reductions in greenhouse gas emission,” he said.

“The meeting struggled to find any positive benefits from the proposal other than payments to landholders agreeing to turbines on their properties. One farming family has already cancelled agreement to allow turbines on their property.”

Transfield held a `community consultation’ on Thursday at the Tooborac hall.
More than 90 per cent of those who attended between 3pm and 8pm signed a petition opposing the proposed development.

An even higher percentage of the large crowd who attended the Granite Boulders meeting on Sunday indicated their opposition.

The group unanimously passed at the meeting the resolution `that this meeting calls on the Granite Boulders Landscape Guardians Group to convey to the management and board of Transfield Services the strong opposition of those attending to the proposed development by Transfield of an intrusive and inappropriate wind farm on the McHarg/Cobaw ranges’.

Journalist: Beth White

Published in the McIvor Times

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