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Proposal causes concern  

The president of an anti-wind turbine group has voiced her concerns over a windfarm planned for Stockyard Hill near Beaufort.

Jocelyn Mitchell, president of the Western Plains Landscape Guardian Association, said her group had a genuine concern for the valuation of property if the development went ahead.

In a letter to the editor in the Stock and Land last week, Ms Mitchell said as an uninvited guest, she attended a meeting at Lake Goldsmith about the proposed windfarm at Stockyard Hill.

Ms Mitchell said at the meeting she discovered there were “at least 121 turbines and still more being signed up”.

“So many people who will be impacted were not invited, and to date, Wind Power has chosen not to respond to some requests for information about the development,” Ms Mitchell said.

However Wind Power director Andrew Newbold said the landowner meeting was to inform principal stakeholders about which direction to go.

He said the company had only just completed signing up landowners to the project, and community consultation had not formally started.

“Now that consultation will start and everyone in the community will be invited to those meetings from now on,” Mr Newbold said.

In response to the 121 turbine figure, Mr Newbold said the company was unsure at this stage as to how many wind turbines were planned for the area.

“It’s very early to respond to questions, which call for a high level of detail which we simply don’t have at the moment,” Mr Newbold said.

“That information, rest assured, will come out in the community consultation process.”

The Courier

13 June 2007

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