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Blueskin Bay wind turbine proposal having ‘stressful’ impact on community  

Credit:  Matiu Workman, National | Publish Date Thursday, 19 May 2016 | www.newstalkzb.co.nz ~~

Residents are voicing their disapproval of a proposal to build three wind turbines in an Otago community.

The final submissions are being made at a three-day hearing into the Blueskin Bay wind turbine project, proposed by the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust.

The $6 million project would see three 90 metre wind turbines installed on Porteous Hill, above Blueskin Bay.

Derek Onley lives in Waititi, near the proposed site – he said the trust’s proposal pales in comparison to a UK project which carried out a two-year biological study.

“We need work of this quality, breadth and depth in New Zealand. Forget about ‘she’ll be right mate’ assessments, forget about guess-work.”

Onley said there’s a lack of knowledge on bird migration, and a lack of data on bird collisions and wind farms.

Landscape architect Sally Brown told hearings into the project she doesn’t believe it’s good for the area.

“We have a strong sense of community in the Blueskin Bay area, and I feel that the Blueskin energy proposal is having a large social and stressful impact on our community.”

Ms Brown, who comes from Blueskin Bay, said tourists will be put off by the turbines.

“By altering the landscape with the addition of the Blueskin wind farm their experience will be changed indefinitely and it will set a precedence their natural landscape in Dunedin can be altered further risking this essential business to the city.”

A spokeswoman for a family who live on Porteous Hill said light pollution will also be a factor.

“The turbines are on the flight path therefore the New Zealand Civil Aviation regulations require lighting.”

The hearing wraps up this afternoon.

Source:  Matiu Workman, National | Publish Date Thursday, 19 May 2016 | www.newstalkzb.co.nz

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