No wind farms for the rainforest, says Shire
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.