Liberals and Nationals in NSW have joined forces to send a strong message to the ACT Government over its renewable energy policy: Leave our farms alone!
Windfarms have been controversial in the area surrounding the ACT and an110 tower ‘farm’ is in the wind for the area from Tarago, south across the Kings Highway down to Manar.
The Member for Monaro John Barilaro was joined by his State colleague the Member for Burrinjuck and Minister for Primary Industries and Small Business, Katrina Hodgkinson, Family & Community Services Minister, Minister for Women & Member for Goulburn Pru Goward, the Federal Member for Hume, Angus Taylor and Goulburn Mulwaree Mayor Geoff Kettle, on top of a popular Canberra lookout to deliver the message on behalf of their communities.
“Each of us represents electorates which stand to be deeply affected by the ACT Government’s current wind farm obsession,” said Mr Barilaro.
“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.
“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.
“If the ACT Government wishes to continue implementing its renewable energy scheme, it needs to look some elsewhere to house its wind turbines. “
The ACT Government’s plan to reach a 90% 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 ¼ 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. I know that many are un-easy about their introduction and the many health, environmental and visual concerns associated with them,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The people of the Monaro deserve to have their views listened to.”