Yass Valley deputy mayor Geoff Frostgave an impassioned speech at the last council meeting over concerns regardingwind turbines.
He had placed before council a Notice ofMotion that included seven reasons why council should let state and federalgovernments know it is opposed to the developments.
“There are seven different issuesthat I think are a problem for wind farms,” he told the meeting.
“Fire risk and the non-use ofaerial support is a major issue.
“As well, they dominate thelandscape and reduce the visual amenity.
“Those hills are my hills,” CrFrost said, referring to the wind farms near Boorowa Road where he grew up.
He also claimed that the historicalsignificance of the area would be degraded and devalued, affecting tourismpotential.
All of these issues combined would havean impact on housing prices, Cr Frost said.
“Every person will look at the listof things that may go wrong and, to avoid trouble, will go and buy somewhereelse.
“Even if people only ‘believe’there are health concerns, it’s a problem.
The second-term councillor could alsosee problems for council ahead, as construction of the wind farms put pressureon local infrastructure.
“We [council] have been taken outof the loop. We have no mechanism to claim compensation for our roads.
“It’s up to us to represent ourcommunity and say we don’t want these.”
In the end, and after much discussion,Cr Frost’s motion was not put to a formal vote. Instead, councillors resolvedthat the matter ‘lay on the table’ until the May general council meeting, toenable further investigation. In the mean time, councillors asked for a reportto be provided on the issue of wind turbines in bush-fire prone areas, and fora representative of the Rural Fire Service to be invited to speak at the Maymeeting.
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