The tale of the ‘Vegemite Man’…

The King Island Courier feature story on Y2R coordinator Leigh Ewbank.
The King Island Courier feature story on Y2R coordinator Leigh Ewbank.

Yes 2 Renewables community coordinator Leigh Ewbank travelled to King Island and came back with a reputation… Ewbank is now known on the island as the ‘Vegemite Man’.

Leigh Ewbank has visited the King Island to observe the community engagement process surrounding a wind farm proposal. State-owned energy company Hydro Tasmania has proposed a 200 MW wind farm for King Island and has given the community control over the fate of the project. After an initial round of public participation, King Islanders will decide whether the project goes to a full feasibility study or not. It is this unique model of community engagement that has caught our attention.

Last week, the No TasWind Farm Group controversially ejected Leigh Ewbank from a public meeting featuring Sarah Laurie–who  Crikey describes as a ‘well-known anti-wind farm campaigner.’ I’m told this move has caused quite a stir among islanders.

Here’s The King Island Courier with the whole story.

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4 thoughts on “The tale of the ‘Vegemite Man’…

  1. wonder who paid for this blokes travel expenses to get there? same people that paid for him to make it to Portland I guess!

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