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Wind farm community reference group members quit

Half of the members the Smeaton wind farm community reference group, in central Victoria, have resigned.

The six Landscape Guardians members believe their questions were not being answered by the developer, Wind Power.

Richard Evans says the former committee members are disillusioned because a significant landscape overlay across the proposed area does not appear to be deterring the developers.

“This area has got numerous amount of hills of national significance – they’re all covered by significant landscape overlays and I think a lot of people in the area are wondering why we even have to put up with this when the overlays prevent dominant and obtrusive development on it, and we just can’t understand why they haven’t abided by the local planning laws,” he said.

The company says the committee members have been too fast to reject the process, and need to become more patient.

Wind Power director Andrew Newbold says discussions are currently being had with the Department of Sustainability and Environment about the landscape overlay.

He says some questions take time to answer.

“We have last week put up their questions on our website with answers, and so we were taking the time to do that, and using our website now as that forum,” he said.

ABC Ballarat

14 August 2007