windfarms and Barren Grounds

To: "Evan Beaver" <>
Subject: windfarms and Barren Grounds
From: "michael hunter" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 10:08:44 +1000
Thankyou Evan.

                        Why should the local Victorians not oppose a wind farm 
in their beloved landscape?
                        I know Capertee well, the Valley is rural but visually 
unpolluted and a decidedly beautiful Australian Landscape, as opposed to the 
Great Australian Ugliness, of which windfarms are an extension. Who would 
favour a windfarm on top of the Capertee escarpments? There's plenty of wind up 
there, and if you think that the commercial protaganists of windfarms haven't,  
looked at those escarpments, and aren't still looking, think again.             
                         The Wallerawang powerstation you refer to is a long 
way from Capertee Valley, and set in a relatively indifferent landscape. It 
also has a large dam associated with it, hosting many birds from Sea-eagles and 
Great Crested Grebes down.
                          The suggestion that because it and Lithgow are 
already there doesn't mean that it's OK to have windfarms scattered  over 
really attractive land. The scale of turbine visiblity dwarfs that of 
                        Wind turbines have sprung up in what once looked like 
pristine  Blue Mountains National Park, visible south of the Great Western 
Highway from the last corner before Bowenfels (Lithgow), a sight to bring tears 
to the eye of any  environmentalist. These are obvious because they are white 
(or silver) against the forested background of the mountains, not because they 
are protruding above the horizon. Maybe they could paint them green so that 
they would be less apparent.
                       Many developments can be and are hidden, but wind 
turbines are appallingly intrusive and inescapable to the eye from k's away.

                         Do the pro-windmillers have a hidden agenda or do they 
just like the look of wind turbines? Is this discussion about OBPs, aesthetics, 
or the apparent inconsistency of the Federal Government? How many kilowatts is 
an OBP worth?


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