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Company scraps wind farm plans  

Plans for a large wind farm to be built along the Molonglo Ridge, south-east of Queanbeyan have been scrapped.

The company which had proposed building 60 wind turbines along the ridge announced its decision after an evaluation of the site over the past four years.

It released a statement saying the site would not meet its strict standards for appropriate development.

Community groups fighting the development are claiming victory.

Molonglo Landscape Guardian spokeswoman Wendy Bell says she is glad the battle is over.

“It’s just too close to people’s homes. It’s too close to wildlife refuges and water catchment areas,” she said.

“It’s just unfortunate that its taken them three-and-a-half years to come to the same conclusion that we came to on day one.”

Ms Bell says the decision is a relief.

“We can get back on with our lives and do all the things that we’ve been wanting to do but haven’t, because we just didn’t know whether the investment was going to be worth it or not.”

A similiar sized project by the company on land near Goulburn is still being developed.

ABC News

31 May 2008

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