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King Island petition seeks end to wind farm plan

Hydro Tasmanian is facing local resistance to its King Island wind farm proposal.

More than 400 people have signed a petition aimed at stopping the $2 billion project entering the next stage of development.

Hydro Tasmania is planning to poll voters on the Bass Strait island about whether they want it to go ahead.

Petition organiser Jim Benn says the wind farm would be detrimental to the island’s long term future.

“Here we have a unique position in the world in that we are pretty well clean of industry, we’re pretty well clean of all kinds of things that could damage our environment,” he said.

“We claim that we have clean and green and pristine and this will, I don’t think enhance that position at all.”

King Island Mayor Greg Barrett 300 of the signatures belong to registered voters.

“I think we have around a thousand voters on the island so we can only take it at that, about 30 per cent at the moment don’t want a bar of the proposed development.”