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Hunter residents concerned about new wind farm reforms 

Credit:  1233 ABC Newcastle, www.abc.net.au 28 December 2011 ~~

An Upper Hunter community group has expressed its concern about proposed new guidelines being put forward by the State Government on wind farm projects, saying they are not as simple as they seem.

The Planning Minister has announced the reforms, which if passed would allow people living within two kilometres of a proposed wind farm to have the right to veto the project.

But Upper Hunter Landscape Guardians Secretary Judy Wheeler says it will only stop developers being able to submit a development application at first.

“If they don’t get that consent, then the developer has an option to take it to what is being described as a gateway process,” she said.

“That means that they lodge their objection, plus all of their substantiation as to why they want to put the turbine within two kilometres to the Joint Regional Planning Panel.

“That panel can recommend that that happen.”

Ms Wheeler says the group be looking further into the issue next year.

“We’ll certainly be putting in a submission as I’m quite sure every other group will be putting in submissions,” she said.

“We want to go through these guidelines.

“There are still concerns regarding the decommissioning.

“One of the things we have always wanted, is there should be a bond paid up front.

“Right now, the guidelines state a bond may be required but we would like to see that strengthened.”

Source:  1233 ABC Newcastle, www.abc.net.au 28 December 2011

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