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Feedback sought on $300 million wind farm plan  

South Taranaki residents are being urged to attend public meetings to give their views on the proposed wind farm near Waverley.

The meetings, which will be held in Waverley on Friday and Patea on Saturday, are an opportunity for residents to meet with managers from Allco Wind Energy to find out more information about the proposal and discuss any concerns they may have.

Allco announced on Friday it was planning to build a $300 million wind farm at the northern end of the former Waipipi ironsands site near Waverley.

Allco’s technical director, Bernhard Voll, said the meetings would not be “the sort where we stand up the front and tell everyone what we want to do”.

Mr Voll, Allco lead planner Steve McCall and project manager Liam Smith would be present at both meetings, and residents would have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with them.

Mr Voll said the company had some idea of what they wanted, but there were details they wanted South Taranaki community’s input into.

The project would consist of 42-45 turbines, with a generating capacity of up to 135 megawatts. Each turbine would be 105m tall, with three blades 45m long each, and a top height of 150m.

However, Mr Voll said the layout of the wind farm had not yet been decided, and that was where residents could have their say.

Mr Voll said he wasn’t expecting any major opposition to the project.

“We’ve met with the immediate neighbours and members of the local marae, and their feedback was very encouraging.

“We think the community will welcome this project.”

The wind farm is dependent on resource consent, and Mr Voll said Allco will have its application lodged with the South Taranaki District Council in June or July.

There will be further public consultation after the application had been lodged, and the public would be able to make submissions on the proposal.


2 May 2007

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