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Landowners consulted on major wind farm near Boorowa  

Credit:  ABC Central West NSW, www.abc.net.au 8 March 2011 ~~

The companies behind a planned $390 million wind farm in the region’s south say some concerns about the development will be hard to resolve.

Suzlon and Windlab are holding a community consultation today to explain where up to 100 turbines will be built at Rugby near Boorowa, if the proposal is approved.

A preliminary Environmental Assessment has found the wind farm poses a medium risk of electromagnetic fields and to planes flying in the region.

The General Manager of Windlab Australia, Richard Mackie, says it will be hard to offset the visual impact.

“We’ve actually received some very solid support from the community,” he said.

“There are a few people unhappy about the proposal so we’re doing what we can to listen to their concerns and include their concerns in the proposal.

“But we’re confident that if we do that any negative impacts will be resolved and the project will be universally beneficial for people in the community.”

The location of the turbines will be revealed to residents at today’s consultation.

The companies say they will use locals’ feedback on the development’s potential impact in their final Environmental Assessment, which will be finished next month.

Mr Mackie says today’s meeting will give residents a chance to see the detailed plans.

“We have some quite detailed information about the wind farms, so I guess the most significant thing will be the turbine layout and the features and the project.

“So I guess that’s what we’re expecting most feedback on, is location and where the turbines are actually going to go.”

The project is expected to create 150 jobs during construction and 20 once it is operating.

Source:  ABC Central West NSW, www.abc.net.au 8 March 2011

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