Epuron told the Tribune it has a numberof concerns about the recent survey conducted by Yass Landscape Guardians (seepage 1).
Andrew Wilson, a construction managerwith Epuron, said guardians was not an unbiased organisation.
“The survey was not conducted by anindependent organisation or by someone with any expertise with theseassessments.”
He also disputed that the survey was”authenticated” by Galaxy Research.
“Their letter (Galaxy’s) only commentson the standards applied and the response rate, without any reference to theinformation on which they base this comment, and makes no comment on thequality or veracity of the survey.
“Yass Valley Landscape Guardians areknown to be opponents to wind farms and by carrying out the survey directly (asthey state) may have directly or indirectly influenced the responses,” MrWilson said.
“Accordingly, we do not intend torespond to the survey results directly.”
The manager said that Epuron is mindfulof the concerns but “the specific leanings of residents (whether they are foror against wind farms) cannot be used to inform good decisions about wind farmdevelopment either by Epuron or by the planning authorities”.
“Of far greater import is theinformation residents have about the local community and specific issues thatmay be raised with respect to a wind farm, to allow Epuron and the planningauthorities to adjust its proposal to suit local conditions including localimpacts.
“This is why Epuron’s consultation is soextensive, and focuses not on opinion but on understanding possible impacts,whether they are good or bad.
“Further details on the proposed windfarm, including the justification and the need for renewable energy projectslike the Yass Valley Wind Farm and details of the planning approval process canbe found on our website www.epuron南京夜网.au/project/yass-valley/downloads.”
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