Carmelle Lymbery and her husband Barry moved out of Scone to enjoy their retirement.
After running a service station in town for many years the couple decided to put their feet up and relax at their secluded getaway on Thompson’s Creek Road. But that serenity was smashed recently after they discovered that they would soon be the neighbour of one of the windfarm developments planned for the hills around Scone.
After hearing the news Mrs Lymbery set about informing her neighbours and tried to find out more about the proposal.
The culmination of her work was held last Sunday, as 18 concerned neighbours met with representatives of Pamada, the company behind the plan.
“The meeting showed that there are some real concerns about the plan,” Mrs Lymbery said after the meeting.
“I mean we are scared, this plan is going to change our life forever.
“We came up here for the piece and quiet, it is our little private piece of the world and now we are going to have these monstrous things right in our backyard.”
Mr and Mrs Lymbery’s property borders the site of the turbines, with the nearest less than two-kilometres away.
“People need to see how big these things are,” she said.
“They’re massive, and they are going to dominate the skyline across the Upper Hunter.
“Having these things right next door to my back paddock, what is this going to do to our house price?
“We asked Pamada if they would compensate us for the loss of value of our land and they said they wouldn’t.
“We are stuck with this, whether we want it or not.”
Mrs Lymbery said she was angry at the lack of information about the windfarm.
“This has been on the drawing board for two and a half years already,” she said.
“Why is it only recently that the public have been told about it?
“Council has said they have known about it for a long time, why didn’t they tell us, the neighbours.
“It is just too much; I’m not sleeping at night.
“The stress is beginning to affect my health.”
Following the meeting Mrs Lymbery is hoping to set up a meeting of all concerned parties, with both sides of the debate given the chance to speak.
“This is an issue that will affect all of us,” Mrs Lymbery said.
“They need to hear both sides of the story, and be allowed to make their own mind up.
“These things are going to affect me directly, but they will affect many other people across the Upper Hunter.
“We need to know what wind power is about and find out how it is going to affect us.”
16 August 2007
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