The blatant attempt by West Coast Renewables to exert electoral pressure to grant it an exclusive lease for a mega wind farm in the Meredith Range Regional Reserve should be condemned and rejected by all parties in this election, says Bob Brown Foundation.
"West Coast Renewables fails to mention that the public land it seeks to bully a lease onto is the Meredith Range Regional Reserve, set aside to protect its scenic and wildlife values and within the area recommended for National Heritage Listing by the Australian Heritage Council", said Bob Brown Foundation takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
"This is one of the places left where wildlife, like our majestic Wedge-tailed Eagles, should be safe to hunt and feed, not handed to private developers to create a wind turbine apocalypse".
"At a planned 500 turbines, this proposal is orders of magnitude larger than anything we have seen, not just in Tasmania, but anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere. It will be eight times larger than the state's largest wind farm at Woolnorth and more than double the combined number of turbines from all current or approved wind farms in the state. With its turbine towers, spiderweb of service roads and transmission lines, it is clearly not an appropriate project for a public reserve".
"We call on the Minister, whoever that is after May 1, to reject this lease application and defend the integrity of the reserve estate".