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Windfarm opponents take to the street  

Opponents of a windfarm proposed for the Waterloo Range west of Glen Innes will be holding an information street stall on Saturday morning as part of an ongoing campaign to stop the development.

Glen Innes Landscape Guardians Inc will be setting up a stall outside Schafer’s Newsagency “to try and better inform people about the impact on the development not just on the Furracabad and Matheson valleys, but the town of Glen Innes as well,” group spokesperson Suzanne McAlary said.

“If people then feel a bit more informed, they can then sign a petition against the development.”

She said the inaugural meeting of the group on Tuesday night attracted 20 local landholders, who all signed up to be members of the group.

“There was unanimous concern about the visual effect of the windfarm, the noise of turbine, the effect of flickering and shade as well as damage to the environment,” she said.

Meanwhile Glen Innes Severn Council acting town planner Tamai Davidson said because council was not the conesent authority it was not in its jurisdiction to notify landholders in the area about the proposal.

The Examiner contacted the NSW Department of Planning regarding their policy on notifying neighbours but was unable to get a response before publication. The Examiner understands that some adjoining landholders who live eleswhere only learnt about the proposal in the past fortnight.

The five landholders on whose properties the turbines will be built – John Bower, Robert Dulhunty, Alan Fletcher, Damian Hartmann and Rex Sheedy – were this week approached by the Examiner to respond to concerns raised by Glen Innes Landscape Guardians Inc. A statement is expected to be made next week.

Tim Hughes and Naomi Davidson

Glen Innes Examiner

20 March 2008

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