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The controversy surrounding the proposed wind farm at Black Springs has not yet been resolved, with plans still in the hands of the Department of Planning.

Because the development is over $32 million, the developer had the option of choosing the state government as the consent authority over The Oberon Council.

The plans have been with the government for the past six months.

The proposal is for nine turbines.

The towers would be 124m to the tip of the blade, or the equivalent of a 41 storey building.

The turbines will be located on two properties on the Campbell’s River Road. Seven turbines would be installed on one property and two on the other.

Director of development with The Oberon Council Ralph Tambasco said as a result of submissions received, the minister has expressed concern about several aspects of the Environmental Impact Statement including visual impact, noise and the flicker effect. As a result specialist consultants visited Oberon late last year.

During the visit the consultants explained their role to council and held meetings with the objectors, The Black Springs Community Landscape Guardians.

The resulting Environmental Impact Statement has yet to be formally exhibited.

By Louise Eddy

Western Advocate

29 April 2008

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