We’ve been able to identify a small number of genuine issues raised by residents that we are committed to following up and addressing properly.
“Approximately 80 people came to our two recent information days, which were held in Palmer, with many people congratulating us on the way we were keeping them informed,” said Trustpower Business Development Manager Rodney Ahern.
“We’ve been able to identify a small number of genuine issues raised by residents that we are committed to following up and addressing properly.”
Mr Ahern said Trustpower’s public consultation process, which is in addition to the formal consultation that will be required once the proposal is formally lodged with Mid Murray Council, had already resulted in amendments to the layout of the proposed wind farm.
“We said at the outset that the proposed turbine locations was only indicative and we absolutely meant that,” he said. “As a result of the community feedback and further investigations by Trustpower a number of turbine locations have been shifted and a further six turbines have been removed from that initial plan.
“Through the information days we’ve already conducted, and with a series of more detailed workshops yet to take place later this week, we are listening to the community and making sure we maximize the benefits of the wind farm whilst minimising any environmental impacts and community concerns.
“We know that this approach is appreciated by the community as a whole and we’ve shown that it works with major projects such as the Snowtown wind farm, which has the unanimous support of the surrounding community.
“A small group of people who are opposed to this and other wind farms are very good at spreading misinformation in order to cause as much alarm as possible, but a close examination of the facts soon exposes the myths and half truths for what they are. That’s what our information days and workshops are for and the community is responding very positively to them.”
Trustpower’s comprehensive community engagement and information plan is intended to iron out as many issues as possible prior to formal lodgement of the development application.