Friday, September 13, 2013

Bid to stop King Island wind farm

OPPONENTS of Australia's largest wind farm project are asking the Federal Court to stop it, after a narrow vote was claimed to have given community support.
The $2 billion project to take King Island wind power to Victoria is harming local tourism and leisure prospects, reducing land values and creating community tension, according to the No Tas Wind Farm Group.
Developer Hydro Tasmania gave an ''absolute commitment'' not to proceed with the 200 turbine farm if the island community thought it was a bad idea, the group said in a writ lodged with the court.
When a poll returned 58.77 per cent support from island residents and landowners, it fell short of a 60 per cent benchmark Hydro Tasmania said it wanted as ''a good indication of broad community support''.
The No TasWind writ lodged on Wednesday seeks an injunction restraining Hydro Tasmania from proceeding, or from representing that it has broad community support, or a social licence to proceed