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Crows Nest wind farm to go ahead 

Credit:  Stuart Cumming, The Chronicle, www.thechronicle.com.au 2 February 2011 ~~

Crows Nest residents opposed to a giant wind farm are today reeling after the company involved announced it had no intentions of turning its back on the $270 million project.

An AGL spokesman said that although a development application had lapsed, there were plans for it to be resubmitted.

“AGL still intends to pursue a wind farm development and we are looking at options that will take some time as we work at different con-figurations and things like access issues,” he said.

Haden Crows Nest Road resident Greg Fisher said he was disappointed but not surprised with AGL’s plans to push on with the wind farm.

“We anticipated they would do that,” Mr Fisher said.

“We don’t need to have it built in a closely settled area like this.”

His objections to the farm included safety and stability concerns for the turbines and the effect they would have on the aesthetics of the picturesque area.

Mr Fisher said what action he took next in opposing the development would depend on AGL’s plans.

He was unsure of exactly where the farm’s turbines would be placed, but was adamant he wanted them nowhere near his property.

“You can’t really say too much until you see what the other side is going to come up with.

“The wind farm has caused friction between people in the area.”

Fellow Crows Nest Haden Road resident Harry Sheppard took a different view to news of the company’s plan to resubmit its development application.

“It is something that has got to come,” Mr Sheppard said.

“We have got to have renewable energy and you can’t get much cleaner than wind.”

Mr Sheppard said he understood he could have up to three 90-metre-high turbines with 40-metre blades placed on his 20-hectare property.

“I see no drawbacks with them.”

Source:  Stuart Cumming, The Chronicle, www.thechronicle.com.au 2 February 2011

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