Rather than getting bogged down in the arguments on renewable energy, I believe the current conversation should focus on whether Stanley – Tasmania’s 2021 Top Tourist Town, steeped in history and natural beauty – is really the most appropriate setting for a 12 times 150m turbine wind farm.
Epuron project manager Sandra Weinhold stated “the project is at least four kilometres from the majority of Stanley” (Adv., June 12), but what about the minority (27 homes and the historic Highfield House) who sit within four kilometres of the wind turbines? The impacts of this wind farm will be upfront and personal – aesthetically, physically and financially if property prices decline.
A recommendation from the Office of the National Wind Farm Commissioner in 2019 very clearly states that “consideration should be given to setback distances between a wind farm and a materially populated township or city boundary. A distance of five kilometres may be appropriate to preserve amenity and provide some flexibility for planning growth of the township.”
This project effectively roadblocks Stanley’s growth, any future developments built will inevitably edge closer and closer to the turbines.
Milly Cotter, Stanley
TOWN’S AMENITY WOULD BE LOST
As a long-term resident of Stanley, I strongly oppose the wind farm. The residential amenity of our beautiful historic town will be lost forever.
The 150-metre wind turbines will overshadow the iconic Nut. The stunning vistas across the peninsular, dominated by enormous turbines. I, like others, don’t want to hear the whirring of the turbines all day and night.
Stanley is a top tourist town; it is so famous it was one of only three Tasmanian tourist locations to score a spot on the Australian Monopoly board. Tourists love Stanley because of the wide vistas, the Nut, the sea wrapping around the peninsula and because it’s a historic fishing village. To install turbines will drive the tourists away hurting all the town’s tourism operators.
Stanley says no wind farm. Epuron has no social license to wreck this iconic site for their financial gain.
Keiron O’Mahony, Stanley
WRONG PLACE FOR WIND FARM
I’m all for renewable energy, but the wind farm proposed for Stanley is in the wrong place.
It should be located inland where only cows have to look at it.
The integrity of our historic, award-winning village and surrounding vistas (and all the associated tourism opportunities) must be protected.
We have a duty of care to preserve this iconic town for future generations.
So sure, build wind farms, but not in a place that is guaranteed to decimate our future.
Trina Morris, Stanley
SAVAGE IMPACT ON STANLEY
I am stressed out just thinking about the savage impact this will have on our businesses, our health, and our beautiful village.
It is well known that you cannot have wind farms near population.
It is astounding that this proposal could even be considered in an iconic, historic and spectacular place.
It is a very loud no from me.
Louise Payne, Stanley
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