No wind farms for the rain­for­est, says Shire

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

THE Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil plans to ask the state gov­ern­ment to en­sure that rain­for­est World Her­itage ar­eas in the shire are not made avail­able for wind farms.

It will make a sub­mis­sion to the gov­ern­ment which is preparing its draft wind farm code.

Coun­cil wishes to amend the draft to in­clude a sen­si­tive land use sub­cat­e­gory to “avoid” the de­vel­op­ment of any wind farms in a World Her­itage Area.

Coun­cil­lor Noli ex­pressed con­cern that the word­ing needed to be strength­ened to en­sure a wind farm never reached the World Her­itage Area of the rain­for­est.

Coun­cil­lor Carey pointed out that the Great Bar­rier Reef in­cluded a World Her­itage Area that could still be a vi­able op­tion.

“I have no prob­lem if it’s done in a sym­pa­thetic way.”

“My con­cern is that we could be cut­ting off op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fu­ture.”

The Mayor, in agree­ment with Cr Carey, listed other in­stances where wind farms had been suc­cess­ful ven­tures.

Coun­cil­lors de­cided to pass the orig­i­nal mo­tion unan­i­mously with a stip­u­la­tion to pro­vide coun­cil­lors with the fi­nal sub­mis­sion be­fore it is pre­sented to the Depart­ment of In­fra­struc­ture.

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