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Group considers legal action  

Credit:  www.barossaherald.com.au 2 August 2011 ~~

Residents rallying to stop the proposed wind farm at Keyneton have agreed to take legal action if necessary.

In July the group, involving people from Keyneton, Eden Valley, Cambrai and Sedan, meet again to work towards ensuring the 57-wind turbine power station will not be built along the Sedan Ranges.

Spokesperson for the group Tony Walker said, “It is our intention to prevent this proposed industrial development at Keyneton from being implemented and we will use whatever legal means are available to us to achieve this goal.”

The group also announced its name change from Stop Keyneton Wind Farm to Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges Landscape Guardians (EMLRLG).

The members now aim to ensure those who live near the proposed site have the opportunity to understand, what they say is “a potential destruction” of wind farms and to unite to prevent this and future proposals from occurring.

“Our opposition to this proposal is based on the undoubted impact that the size of this development will have on the environment for the small return of electricity likely to be generated.

“It is unconscionable that an inefficient technology should be trumpeted as a positive means of saving the planet when it makes a misery of the lives of those exposed to that technology,” Mr Walker said.

EMLRLG members believe those who will benefit will be prospers of the development and the politicians who seek status from appearing to be greener than their interstate counterparts.

“We wish to register our opposition to this proposal because it will blight the landscape from the Barossa Valley to the Murray River for minimal environmental return, less than 0.1 per cent of our total energy demands. It makes a mockery of the proposed Barossa Protection zone because this project destroys its integrity before it even becomes legislation,” Mr Walker said.

In addition, the group also seeks an embargo on other such proposals as they say they are typically forced on unsuspecting members of small communities.

“As a group we are not opposed to using wind, sun or other natural elements to generate electricity, but not at the cost of our communities.

“There are much better ways to generate clean electricity than destroying the lifestyles of people who may actually support the concept, but who are not permitted to be involved in the implementation process,” he said.

To discuss the wind farm, contact Tony Walker on 0428 553 525 or email keynetonwindfarms@hotmail.com.

Source:  www.barossaherald.com.au 2 August 2011

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