Thursday, 6 June 2013

A power for good
22 Apr 2013

On Friday, April 12, I attended the official opening of the Macarthur wind farm facility. I must say that I was disappointed with the subsequent reporting by your paper. It seemed as though you showed more emphasis on the protestors rather than the positives for the wind farm.

As secretary of the Hawkesdale Brigade Group, I was very privileged to be presented with a cheque for $40,000 from Michael Fraser, CEO of AGL Energy, as a contribution towards the purchase of two ultra-light tankers for the Hawkesdale and Willatook brigades. This is an example of how AGL Energy and the local fire brigades are working together.

In your story on Saturday, April 13, there was no mention of this presentation. Was it an oversight or did you just not care to report on such an important item of the official opening proceedings?

With so much criticism from wind farm opponents following the recent fire at Minhamite, I would also like it known that our group was in constant contact with staff at the facility and really appreciated their offers of both resources and manpower. The Hawkesdale Brigade Group and the wind farm continue to enjoy a close relationship and look forward to maintaining that relationship well into the future.

Ros Stewart, Hawkesdale Brigade Group secretary