[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Weekly updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

News Watch Home

Wind farm cash enticement  

Credit:  By ISABEL BIRD | June 8, 2013 | www.examiner.com.au ~~

Financial sweeteners have been offered by Hydro Tasmania to the King Island community, before a community survey vote that will help establish whether TasWind’s 200-turbine farm is built.

The TasWind survey began last Friday to see if a 60 per cent community majority is in favour of a $20 million feasibility study.

Hydro Tasmania has promised $1 million ever year to the community if the farm is built.

King Island Mayor John Barratt said the study would open up discussion about what compensations would be available.

Hydro Tasmania spokesman Pat Garnham said the money could be used for cheaper electricity for households and businesses, or build community infrastructure.

“The annual community fund . . . will be for King Islanders to use in their best interests once TasWind is operational,” Mr Garnham said.

“It will be up to King Islanders to decide how they would like to use the fund. TasWind will also provide landowner payments for hosting turbines and payments to neighbouring landowners as part of the project.”

Mr Barratt said the community fund was just one form of compensation.

“There are a lot of other issues and compensations in the mix that have to be determined through the feasibility study if the community vote for that process,” he said.

Discussions about money between Hydro Tasmania and business groups, including the King Island farming and abattoir industries, have already taken place.

King Island land owner Chris Porter, who is interested in establishing a multi-species abattoir, said sweeteners for the industry were on the table.

“They mentioned between $300,000 to $400,000 . . . subject to the outcome of the ballot,” Mr Porter said.

“It was something that was discussed in the last 10 days, and was obviously put forward at that time with a view to try and convince King Islanders to vote in favour of the project.

“I would call it bribery.”

Opposition group No TasWind chairman Jim Denn said validity of the current survey, ending next Monday, was in question.

Source:  By ISABEL BIRD | June 8, 2013 | www.examiner.com.au

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.