Hanging Rock Wind Farm Proposal
My name is Jim Robinson and I have lived in the Nundle area for the past 31 years. Twelve years ago I watched a program on wind farms and I thought what a great idea to help the community.
I am the main land holder that will host most of the turbines with many of them shared with my neighbours on the ridge line.
This proposal was never about myself, it was what it would do for all of us in this community.
It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the village of Hanging Rock and the town of Nundle to thrive.
The people that are against the wind farm say it will destroy tourism, but most of the people that visit our town are the older generation that drive here in their 4x4 and caravan and have already filled up their car with fuel and fridge with food and beer from Tamworth. They stay at the caravan park for a couple of days but spend very little money in our town.
We need family's to visit and spend money and you need something for them to do while they are here so they will want to return.
There is nothing here for our children and very little for the older generation. If the Wind Farm went ahead, the money from the Community Enhancement fund and also donations from the landholder host's could do a lot for the area.
Examples are: a retirement village for the elderly; enclose and heat the swimming pool so it could be used all year round; a pipeline from Chaffey Dam to Nundle so it does not run out of water in dry times; a community garden.
For the kids: a skate park; a go kart track; bike tracks; a park that suits all age groups.
I am sure many of our residents have great ideas.
I am very proud of my grandfather who volunteered for the first world war and my father for the second world war. My father was granted a Soldier Settlers block after returning from the war and they had very little and struggled to survive but after the last two months with COVID-19 I realise they had more than the people of this generation.
That generation of farmers all helped each other, they joined and worked together on one farm at a time and then on weekends they played cricket and tennis and enjoyed a bush dance in the evening.
They were never selfish and put other people first.
People say that it should be the council's responsibility to improve the town but we have been waiting for the past 150 years. If you do not like the wind farm don't look up to the ridge and lets make Nundle a better community for all and bring the family's who want to spend money to our town.
Two-hundred-and-fifty jobs for two years; 30 permanent jobs could be up to 70 years.
Land owners that host turbines could afford to employ more farm hands and more money will be spent in the local area. Plus many more ideas.
And most important for the our generation and the next, clean green energy for 190,000 homes.
Jim Robinson, Hanging Rock
Pauline Hanson has announced that she will challenge Queensland's closed borders in the High Court. Section 92 of the Constitution says that trade between between the states shall be free, and Hanson claims that border closures are therefore illegal.
It's arguable that the word "free" applies only to the imposition of customs duties and the like, so the closure of borders because of health problems isn't covered by Section 92. But there is another reason for NSW and every other state to fight Pauline Hanson to the death on this, as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is well aware.
NSW gives itself the right to ban agricultural products from other states which don't meet the standards which NSW likes to impose. NSW also uses this right, most famously regarding cattle from Queensland - NSW won't, won't, won't allow cattle ticks to come in across its northern border. NSW also uses this right less famously regarding things like potatoes from Western Australia - when the Irish potato blight reached WA in 1986, NSW banned WA potatoes without a second thought.
Conversely, NSW blithely ignores Victoria's feelings about the Patterson's Curse which NSW tolerates right down to the banks of the Murray. South Australia also ignores Victoria regarding Patterson's Curse, because in that waterless state this noxious weed will survive as cattle feed in times of drought - SA cattle producers call it Salvation Jane. Beekeepers in both NSW and SA enjoy selling the honey which comes from it.
On behalf of NSW cattle and potato producers, among others, the NSW National Party is quite happy about selectively-free interstate trade. The NSW Nats want Section 92 of the Constitution not to be enforced at all, ever. The logical extension of a general rule for unrestricted movement of potentially unhealthy people is that there must be unrestricted movement of potentially unhealthy animals and plants. The Nats believe that this is one genie best left in its bottle.
So if Gladys and the NSW Liberals won't defend NSW by fighting Hanson on this case, the other part of the NSW Coalition certainly will.
G Agnew, Coopers Plains