Frog may stop development
GREENIES will be rubbing their hands with glee now that a rare frog has the potential to stop a $300 million wind farm development in the Far North.
It’s been discovered that the magnificent brood frog could be threatened by Neoen’s “Green Power Hub” project near Ravenshoe.
The site could have “a significant impact” on the tiny frog according to an environmental study.
There are fears that the “highly endemic” species of about 36 is in danger from a loss of habitat, sedimentation and drainage.
The report also raised concerns about the greater glider, the ghost bat and the spectacled flying fox.
Most modern and responsible developers are fully aware of their environmental obligations when planning and building a significant project. They are also highly unlikely to run roughshod over an area and ignore concerns.
Today there is far too much scrutiny as well as hysteria regarding any development.
Most developers are going out of their way to establish significant buffer zones to protect sensitive sites.
Neoen Australia boss Franck Woitiez says many steps will be taken to ensure minimal environmental impact involving a detailed vegetation and fauna management plan, as well as a bird and bat management plan, resurveying all road and turbine locations to avoid sensitive areas as well as offsetting areas to counterbalance any harm.
Will that be enough for the greenies?
Definitely not. They will want the entire project axed.
Nick Dalton Deputy editor