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November 17, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

South-west woman’s battle to protect history goes international

Port Fairy’s Maria Cameron has taken the fight to stop a wind farm being built on the final resting place of thousands of Australian Diggers in France to the heart of the battlefields. An outspoken critic of the project, the military researcher has been in demand by French media, notching up six interviews since arriving on the World War I Bullecourt battlefields this week. Her visit follows an on-site meeting last Friday by Australia’s Ambassador to France, Brendan Berne, with . . .

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November 14, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Talks ‘positive’ with French officials over wind farm plan

Australia’s bid to block a wind farm project from being built on World War 1 French battlefields where the remains of thousands of Aussie Diggers lie has strengthened with the backing of the French Government. France will make a formal submission on Australia’s behalf to the public inquiry into French company Engie Green’s proposal to build six turbines on the sensitive Bullecourt battlefields of the former Western Front. France’s Ambassador to Australia Christophe Penot will also raise Australia’s concerns with . . .

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November 13, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Bishop relays Bullecourt wind farm concerns to French government

The federal government has told Paris it has deep concerns over plans for a wind farm to be built on French farmland where more than 10,000 Diggers were killed during the battle of Bullecourt in World War I. Foreign Minister Julia Bishop said the government had raised with the French government its “objections to the proposal” and it would continue to lobby against the planned development. “The French government is well aware of the depth of our concerns,” Mr Bishop . . .

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November 10, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Fight to protect World War I battlefields intensifies

On his modest farm in the shadow of the village church steeple, a French farmer will this morning make the sombre walk across his fields, a bunch of flowers in hand, to a special place. While Australians around the country pause and lay wreaths to honour their war dead, the farmer will place his flowers, not on a cenotaph or headstone, but on a simple patch of earth. It is a ritual he makes twice every year; today on Remembrance . . .

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November 10, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Australian embassy ‘told of battlefield wind farm in 2015’

The federal government has known for two years about plans to build a giant wind farm on the site of a World War I battlefield in France where thousands of Australians died, the company behind the proposal says, but the current minister insists he was not told. As a backlash against the wind farm intensifies, Labor has called on the government to ­explain its interactions with the French government as it was ­revealed French energy firm Engie Green told the . . .

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November 9, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

CQ family’s heartache at wind farm plans on unmarked graves

Military blood runs deep in Patricia Laws’ family history. So when news broke of unmarked graves being disturbed on a historic French battlefield, her blood boiled. On Tuesday, a French newspaper announced plans to build a giant wind farm on the site of the Battle of Bullecourt fought in WWI. Six turbines are said to be installed in the midst of where thousands of dead Australians are thought to still lay in unmarked graves from the brutal battle. Around 10,000 . . .

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November 9, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

French hear Bullecourt battlefield wind farm concerns

A senior French government official will write a letter of concern about plans to build a giant wind turbine farm on a World War I battlefield, after descendants of the thousands of Australians who died – and the Australian government – were outraged by the proposal. Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan said he had spoken to Genevieve Darrieussecq, France’s secretary of state to the Minister for Armed Forces, about plans to build six turbines on the battle of Bullecourt site. There were . . .

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November 9, 2017 • Australia, France, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm in France an affront to our Western Front fallen

Lieutenant Leslie Mullett was killed leading his platoon into a maelstrom of German machine-gun fire on the morning of April 11, 1917. The 25-year-old draughtsman from East Malvern in Victoria was shot dead in his first major action on the Western Front as troops from the 4th Australian Division engaged the Germans in a bitter close-quarters fight for a position known as the Hindenburg Line near the village of Bullecourt in northern France. Such was the intensity of the fighting . . .

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November 9, 2017 • Australia, France, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Fury over ‘outrageous’ plan to erect wind farms on major First World War battlefield in France

France has been criticised over an “outrageous” plan to build a six-turbine wind farm on a First World War battlefield where thousands of British and Australian soldiers were killed. The proposal by French energy firm Engie Green to develop the turbines near the small farming village of Bullecourt has prompted a barrage of criticism in Australia and led to calls for the federal government to voice its objections directly to French president Emmanuel Macron. During two battles in April and . . .

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November 8, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Brendan Nelson pleads with France over wind farm proposed near WWI digger battle site

The director of the Australian War Memorial is pleading with French authorities to rethink building a proposed wind farm near the site of one of the most significant battles in Australian military history. There are plans to build six turbines near the scene of two 1917 battles during World War I that led to thousands of Australian casualties. War Memorial director and former Liberal defence minister Brendan Nelson said Australia should be consulted before any plans to build the wind . . .

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