Town turns out for Boco blade parade

Dr Mike Kelly came along to celebrate construction of the project, and the boost to local business.

Dr Mike Kelly came along to celebrate construction of the project, and the boost to local business.

LAST Friday was a special day for more than 300 school children around Bombala who got the chance to get up close to a 48.7m wind turbine blade, care of CWP Renewables and the Rex J Andrews staff, who were transporting the giant blade.

The wind turbine blade arrived by truck early Friday morning on its way to the Boco Rock Wind Farm at Nimmitabel.

“It was a great opportunity for our local school students and community members to have a close look at one of the turbine components right here in the main street,”  Bombala Mayor Bob Stewart said.

“It was a terrific event that came together with the help of council staff, the local police, and the Bombala Lions Club who provided a sausage sizzle,” he said.

Despite the cold weather, the day was a success, with former member for Eden-Monaro, Dr Mike Kelly, Cr  Stewart and the community to embrace the project. 

“We worked hard together to make this project happen, and to ensure local jobs and investment for the region, including at the Port of Eden,” Dr Kelly said.

“It’s great being here today to see the fruits of that labour.

“It’s terrific seeing the enthusiasm of the students when they were getting up close to the wind turbine blade and learning about wind energy,” he said.

Siobhan Isherwood, Communications Officer for the project, said renewable energy was the future of energy generation in this country, and it was great to see the school kids get excited about it.

“Students in the Monaro will grow up with Boco Rock, and we wanted to share this part of the project with them,” Ms Isherwood said.

Turbine component delivery for the 67 wind turbine project has been progressing well since early May, and will continue over the coming months. 

The components are brought by truck from the Port of Eden, through Bombala, heading north to the project site.

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