Wind farm opponents will gather at Parliament House this month to protest against changes to regulations.
Organising a statewide action group to create a stronger lobbying force also will be on the agenda, to enable opponents to present a united front to fight the new rules they consider are weighted in favour of developers to the detriment of landowners.
Under the planned changes released last October, wind farms would be able to be built 1km from houses and 2km from towns.
The changes also would give wind farms development status that denies opposing residents the right to appeal if given the project gets the green light by council planners.
The January 17 rally coincides with a public meeting in Adelaide, one of four planned for SA to hear the public’s feedback on the changes.
David Formby, a member of the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges Landscape Guardians, said the aim of the rally was to educate city dwellers about the effects of wind farms on country people.
“It is all about bringing to the attention of the people living in the city that country people are hurting over this issue,” Mr Formby said.
“Most people who live in Adelaide will never need to fear living next to a turbine, but it is having a huge impact for many people in the country.
“We need their sympathy, without it we’ll get nowhere, as we’re a small minority of the state’s population.”
Organising a coalition would bolster the opponents’ ability to convince the Government its proposed 1km buffer between homes and turbines was insufficient.
“It’s to show the Government we’re not just a few troublemakers around Keyneton and Hallett. It’s a statewide issue.
“We need to convince politicians there must be a 5km distance between turbines and the nearest home.
“Outside of 5km the influence is not so bad on people, while you still need to also consider the damage to the physical environment and danger to wildlife.”
The State Government-appointed Development Policy Advisory Committee will hear submissions from the public and the wind farm sector at the meetings, before making recommendations to Planning Minister John Rau, who will sign off on the changes later this year.
Public meetings will be held at the Port Lincoln Ballroom, January 10; the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, 125 North Tce, city, January 17; Naracoorte Town Hall, January 24; and Peterborough Town Hall, February 2. All meetings start at 7pm.
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