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Meeting hears of legal threat to stop wind farm  

About 100 people attended a community day at Smeaton yesterday to discuss a proposed wind farm for the area.

Wind Power wants to erect 19 turbines, and potentially more, just north of the town across four separate properties.

A company director, Andrew Newbold, says the meeting discussed letters that have been sent to the property owners by lawyers for some objectors, warning them of possible legal action.

But Mr Newbold says the lawyers have failed to identify a course of action.

“I think they were concerned. I don’t know about the word scared, but I think whenever people receive letters like that by registered mail they have a right to be concerned,” he said.

“One of the landowners is an 80-year-old lady, so that obviously also has a bearing on it.”

Opposition to the wind farm is being led by the Spa Country Landscape Guardians group.

A group spokesman, Will Elsworth, says opponents are serious about stopping the wind farm and the legal threat is serious.

“We’ll be looking at our position if the project goes ahead,” he said.

“We’ll be getting all the available advice we can obtain and if action is necessary we will be taking it. It would actually be a test case.

“The first thing would be the Evans family with noise and visual amenity. It would also concern property loss.”

ABC Central Victoria

4 June 2007

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