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Deadline looms to fix turbines  

Credit:  ABC News, www.abc.net.au 2 November 2010 ~~

A Hobart alderman has warned time is running out for new wind turbines on the Marine Board building.

The original turbines were shut down in August when they were damaged by high winds.

Under the planning permit, the turbines must be removed if they fail to operate for 180 days.

The architect behind the turbines says new and improved ones will be operating by the middle of next January.

Alderman Ron Christie says public safety should be at the forefront in efforts to meet the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal deadline.

“They did state I think it was in one of the clauses… that should they not be operating for more than 180 days, in other words six months, then the entire unit has to come down,” he said.

“Now the architect has stated they will be up mid-January and they have until mid-February to get them up and I hope that when they do put them up they are done not in a rushed manner.”

Alderman Christie says the original turbines were supposed to be state-of-the-art and he wonders what ‘new and improved’ means this time.

“I ask the question, I thought the latest design was what they put up last year and that of course was the design that fell down or collapsed.”

The building’s owner has declined to comment.

Source:  ABC News, www.abc.net.au 2 November 2010

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