An Upper Lachlan Councillor has branded comments by State Planning Minister Hazzard (see story – no moratorium on wind farms, says Minister on page 1) as â€śan insultâ€ť to landholders affected by wind farm developments.
In particular, Cr. Malcolm Barlow was referring to the Ministerâ€™s statement that it would be a decision by the landholders whether to accept acquisition of his property by the developer.
â€śWe all know that the (Land and Environment) Court has said that these places are virtually uninhabitable,â€ť Cr. Barlow said.
He also described as â€śoutrageousâ€ť the Ministerâ€™s lack of response to earlier submissions by Upper Lachlan Council, dating back to June.
â€śWe still havenâ€™t had a reply, and this is outright discourtesy. Even the letter before us today is one sent to Mr. Gay, not to us.
â€śThe Minister claims he is unable to challenge the Courtâ€™s decisions, and this is quite wrong; what he means is that he is unwilling to.â€ť
Cr. Barlow had prepared a lengthy submission on his thoughts of the processes which should be followed in the establishment of a State Planning Assessment Commission. Local representation was foremost among his suggestions.
Cr. Mick Mayoh commented that forwarding the submission â€świll get us nowhere.â€ť
And Cr. Paul Culhane considered Council should still be trying to have a moratorium put in place. Mayor Cr. John Shaw) said that he intended to reply to the Ministerâ€™s letter â€“ â€śalthough not as strongly as suggested by Cr. Barlow.â€ť
Cr. Shaw added that he and General Manager Mr. John Bell would be attending the Department of Local Government Conference at Dubbo, and would consider points raised in Cr. Barlowâ€™s submission for presentation.
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