Monday, 5 August 2013

Green light for Waterloo wind farm expansion
17 Jun 2013

A six-turbine expansion to the wind farm at Waterloo in the Clare Valley has been approved. The Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council's development assessment panel met on Friday to make a decision on EnergyAustralia's proposal. The council had earlier endorsed an infrastructure agreement for the project. Meanwhile, about 100 people have attended a hearing on Yorke Peninsula to explain how a wind farm in the region would affect them.

The South Australian Government's select committee met concerned residents and stakeholders in Ardrossan on Friday afternoon. Evidence included figures about the negative environmental impact of construction, versus the positive impact from the final product. Committee chairman David Ridgway says the meeting was the first one held outside of the metropolitan area.

He says local residents were most concerned about the site of the wind farm. "Just raising concerns about the location", he said. "VICOSC think that's the biggest issue that was raised by most of the groups, was that this is in a very good, highly productive farming area and that maybe this development is not compatible with that type of agriculture.

"VICOSC don't think anybody was against wind farms at all but it was more just the location was the main point of argument. "It's the first hearing we've had outside of the city, so it was important to get out and let the local groups make submissions and some quite interesting evidence was given".