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Quoll’s survival still blowing in the wind  

Credit:  Daniel Bateman | The Cairns Post | April 28, 2015 | www.cairnspost.com.au ~~

A small, cat-like mammal is still threatening to block the development of the Mt Emerald Wind Farm proposed for the Tableland.

The Federal Government has stopped the clock on the assessment of the $340 million project at Walkamin, despite the developers receiving State approval on Friday.

The wind farm, a joint venture between Ratch Australia and Port Bajool, includes up to 63 turbines which could generate enough electricity to power 75,000 homes each year.

A Department of Environment spokesman said the department needed to seek further information from the company on potential impacts on nationally listed threatened and migratory species.

This includes the northern quoll, which is widely distributed across a majority of the wind farm site.

“A decision on the project will be made once adequate additional information has been received and the full assessment of the project’s potential impacts on nationally protected matters is completed,’’ the department’s spokesman said.

Ratch Australia representative Anil Nangia said the company had already spent about $2 million and more than 8000 hours studying the flora and fauna of the project site over the past couple of years.

Meanwhile, Queensland LNP Senator Matthew Canavan – who had asked Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to postpone a decision on the farm until a Senate inquiry into wind turbines was held in Cairns in mid-May – said he was disappointed the project had been approved.

“A few weeks’ wait would be worth it for the opportunity to hear the views of the community about the proposal,’’ he said.

Source:  Daniel Bateman | The Cairns Post | April 28, 2015 | www.cairnspost.com.au

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