A conservation group has hit out at federal government-backed plans for a 300-turbine wind farm in northwest Tasmania.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt has championed the $1.6 billion project on Robbins Island as potentially Australia’s largest renewable energy investment, with resulting electricity to be shared across the nation, but Birdlife Tasmania said the area is a nesting ground for some 25,000 migratory and resident birds, some of which are threatened species.
“The last thing these species need are 300 turbines in the middle of the wetlands shredding individuals as they fly around the wetlands to feed,” spokeswoman Dr Eric Woehler said on Wednesday, labelling the site inappropriate for such a development.
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