Frog may stop devel­op­ment

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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

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