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Wind farm opponents welcome no house decision  

Opponents of a proposed wind farm at Smeaton, north of Ballarat, are pleased the local council has rejected plans for a house to be built in the area.

Richard Evans says the house was to be located on a significant landscape overlay that is designed to protect the region from development.

It is the same area where Wind Power is proposing to build a wind farm.

Mr Evans says the rejection of the house plan is a good sign that the overlay guidelines have merit and will be upheld.

“You would have to think so because they came out and obviously said they didn’t want development on the significant landscape overlay area of the volcanic cones,” he said.

“We’d have to assume so because the whole charter of the significant landscape overlays … is to protect them from dominant developments.

“So if a house can’t go there surely a wind farm can’t go there either.”

ABC Ballarat

31 October 2007

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