"NOT in Nundle, ever."
Those were the words of councillor Glenn Inglis as Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) voted to make its 'serious concerns' about Nundle's proposed wind farm development clear to the state government.
A slew of issues from traffic impacts, intrusions onto private property, a lack of information about preservation of threatened species and a low-ball offer of funds for community projects have been outlined in a damning submission to the Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment (DPIE).
Private interests of the applicant, the commercial viability or the market weren't important to the council, Cr Inglis said
"The applicant [ENGIE] repeatedly justifies a lack of meaningful important detail, a lack of scrutiny and a lack of clarity as something for later on," he said.
"A big no to that because that's not the way it works."
Cr Inglis said it applies for the NIMBY test [Not In My Backyard] and the NINE test [Not In Nundle, Ever].
While the nation faces climate change and energy supply challenges, Cr Mark Rodda said the proposal had no decommissioning or remediation plans.
The $30 million state-significant Hills of Gold Wind Farm proposal would see 70 wind turbines installed on the outskirts of the rural community.
It will ultimately be decided by the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) or Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes.
Nundle's DAG Sheepstation owner John Krsulja and community members Brian Tomalin and Ian Worley stood before the council to make their objections clear.
A neighbour of the proposed project, Mr Worley said he was glad the council relied on the "facts" or "lack of facts" in the Environmental Impact Statement.
"They have not shown the respect to the community or local residents by putting together a DA that explains clearly the impacts of the development," he said.
Cr Russell Webb said he's not a supporter of wind farms in general.
"I don't think it's a good way to spend money and generate energy - but in this particular case my objection to this wind farm has nothing to do with that," he said.
"I think this is a terrible location for any such development."
The motion to make a submission against the project passed unanimously.