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Anti wind farmers head to parliament  

Credit:  MICHELLE O'RIELLY, Herald, www.barossaherald.com.au 13 December 2011 ~~

Tuesday, January 17, is the day the group opposing the wind farm at Keyneton will head to parliament.

This is when the state’s Development Assessment Commission committee will hear their submissions which contest the 42-wind turbine farm from being built on the Sedan Ranges, near Keyneton.

While it was announced earlier this month the wind farm layout was reduced from an original 60 turbines to 42 in total, the group says they still don’t want it to go ahead.

Wind farm developers – Victorian based company Hydro Pacific said, the lay out was downsized following consultation with residents at Cambrai, Keyneton and Eden Valley. Pacific Hydro general manager Mr Lane Crockett said the company applied community and other stakeholder feedback in making adjustments to the proposed layout as well as being informed by formal flora and fauna assessments, landscape visual assessments and cultural heritage surveys.

Keyneton resident David Formby said his submission will mainly centre of the environment.

He said he couldn’t understand the company’s thoughts on their obligations to reduce the wind turbine’s visual impact with vegetative buffers and suitable screenings.

Mr Formby said the average height of a 100 year-old Blue Gum is 25 metres.

The wine turbines are 94.5metres high with 50 metres of blade.

In addition, the opposing group held another information session during Sedan’s 130th celebrations on Saturday.

Source:  MICHELLE O'RIELLY, Herald, www.barossaherald.com.au 13 December 2011

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