LEAVE our rural farms alone.
That’s the message a group of Liberal and National party MPs – including Member for Monaro, John Barilaro – took to the ACT government yesterday over the capital’s renewable energy policies.
The MPs protest, which was held at Canberra’s Red Hill Lookout, came as Boco Wind Farm announced that the delivery of components from the Port of Eden, through Bombala, to the project at Nimmitabel would start next week.
CWP Renewables, the company transporting the wind farm components, said the loads would initially comprise tower sections and nacelles (cover that houses the generating components in the turbine), and they would be on the road six days a week.
A successful trial run along the transport route was held last month.
Minor works were carried out on the Maybe Street roundabout to allow the trucks to easily navigate the intersection.
Mr Barilaro said each of the MPs at the protest represented an electorate that stood to be deeply affected by the ACT government’s “current wind farm obsession”.
“I wonder how many of the good citizens of Canberra would remain silent if the government was intent on building a wind farm in their back yard,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The ACT government should not be looking to use the properties of NSW residents to meet its renewable energy obligations.
“The electors of Monaro, Burrinjuck and Hume tell us they don’t want to put up with a wind farm turbine in their back paddock.
The ACT government’s plan to reach a 90 per cent renewable energy target by 2020 is to be achieved through its commitment to solar and sourcing power from wind farms in NSW.
The scheme will buy a quarter of Canberra’s power from NSW to supply 80,000 ACT homes by 2020.
“Wind farms have been a hot topic of conversation in the local area for some time,” Mr Barilaro said. “I know that many are uneasy about their introduction and the many health, environmental and visual concerns associated with them.
“The people of the Monaro deserve to have their views listened to,” he said.
“If the ACT Government wishes to continue implementing its renewable energy scheme, it needs to look some elsewhere to house its wind turbines.