Solar farm development
Concerns about quotes in the Tenterfield Star about the planned solar farm. The development proposed for the eastern edge of town on prime agricultural land. The quotes do not reflect the views of the 35 residents.
Quoted "It really doesn't impact on too many, and I don't think anyone's particularly worried." I know many neighbours are very worried, distressed and experiencing valid concerns about the solar farm.
The site of the proposed development is prime agricultural land and it should not be used for a commercial industrial project.
Another concern, opposing the solar farm is property devaluation and the industrialisation of farm land. "Also solar farms tend to have a deep environmental impact."
Large amounts of water are required for cleaning solar collectors. During this devastating drought and for future droughts, water is precious and where will the water come from to wash the solar panels, and for the planned vegetation buffers?
The creek running along the solar farm site is essential for downstream farmers use, and will water needs of the planned solar farm adversely affect this resource?
Many trees are dying in town and planting trees to lessen visual impact of the solar farm panels seems an impossible undertaking in drought.
Discarded solar panels are piling up over our world. Will solar panel waste especially from solar farms cause more problems for the environment once they have outlived their usefulness? It is not environmentally friendly to create mountains of hazardous waste in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions.
Jean Braid, Tenterfield
Nuclear power stations
The big fear people have of Nuclear Energy is where the power stations will be located.
These are my thoughts:
Could I suggest to you the first one could be built at Liddell because:
1. By the time it is built the present coal fired power station would become decommissioned, this leaves the station with a wonderful network of high tension electrical power towers.
2. Liddell is geologically stable, levels of earthquake risk are low by global standards.
3. Liddell has a wonderful water supply from Lake Liddell.
4. Liddell is a sparsely populated area because of the devastation from mining (perhaps nearby residents could receive free power?).
5. With regard to the waste matter from a nuclear station, this could be placed in stainless steel drums - placed in containers surrounded by one metre of concrete. These could then be lowered into some of the giant holes around Liddell 200-300m down (not deep enough to interfere with underground water) then 200m-300m of soil placed over them.
Col P. Quast (Senior), Tamworth