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Wind farm nod sparks call for changed approvals process  

Credit:  ABC News | 9 December 2013 | www.abc.net.au ~~

Family First legislative councillor Robert Brokenshire says the state’s latest wind farm approval shows changes are needed in the approval process.

On Friday, the South Australian Government approved an application from Pacific Hydro to build a 42-turbine wind farm near Keyneton on the outskirts of the Barossa Valley.

Some locals say it will affect their lifestyle and the region’s attractiveness and they will launch a legal challenge.

Mr Brokenshire says a new Parliament next year will be a good time to review what is still a contentious issue in country areas.

“I will be calling after the next election for whoever forms government to actually have a close look at what effect it is having on communities and I think frankly the government of the day, whoever it is after the 15th of March, must agree to re-consult with the broader community before they proceed with any further wind farm applications,” he said.

Mr Brokenshire says the Government is likely to have considered the legal implications and locals will face a battle.

Meanwhile, the Mid Murray Council says it will meet with the company behind the Keyneton wind farm early next year, to discuss the details of the development.

The $240 million development was assessed against the relevant land use zoning and the Mid Murray Council’s development plan.

The council’s chief executive, Russell Peate, says it wants more detail.

“We would likely invite representatives from Pacific Hydro to our January council meeting so that we can commence dialogue with them regarding works, potential community funding and other associated approvals,” he said.

He says it will work with those affected by the decision.

“I don’t think there’s any avenue to appeal the decision, we’ll certainly make sure that’s the case,” he said.

“It is a State Government decision. It’s disappointing because obviously many of the residents put submissions forward in relation to the proposed wind farm and it will affect them and their livelihood.”

Source:  ABC News | 9 December 2013 | www.abc.net.au

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