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Wind turbines plan creates fire worries  

There is concern wind turbines proposed along the McHarg Ranges, south-east of Bendigo, will cause a major fire risk.

Stanwell Corporation is developing plans for a 35 kilometre long wind farm from Tooborac to Sodonia.

A Country Fire Authority (CFA) fire prevention officer and McHarg Ranges Landscape Guardians president, John Howard, says there are also concerns about endangered bird life and salinity levels.

Mr Howard says the turbines can catch alight, and the McHarg Ranges are difficult for fire trucks to access.

“This area is in a wildfire management area declared by CFA and the Mitchell Shire Council and also the Macedon Ranges and it’s inappropriate, we’ve had huge fires here over the years and it’s a lightning prone area,” he said.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

3 May 2006

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