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Wind farm divisions concern Hepburn council  

Hepburn council is worried about fractures developing in the Smeaton community, north of Ballarat, over plans for a wind farm in the region.

Wind Power wants to erect at least 19 wind turbines and believes most people in the region are supportive.

Opponents say 96 per cent of people are against it.

Councillor Bill McClenaghan says the council does not have a view on the project yet, but is concerned about the apparent breakdown of social cohesion.

“No, well council has a view on communities that are falling apart, of course we do, and this is an absolute disaster from any municipal point of view,” he said.

“But we haven’t received a planning application about this wind farm yet, and we may not, if it increases in size to the point where it will be taken out of our league and into State Government hands.”

ABC Ballarat

8 June 2007

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