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Opposing the proposed development of the Banana Range Windfarm by Lacour

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Melanie Stevens
120 Frawleys Road
PROSPECT QLD 4715

Total Signatures - 274

Sponsoring Member: Mr Colin Boyce MP

Posting Date: 19/09/2019

Closing Date: 22/11/2019

Tabled Date: 26/11/2019

Responded By: Hon Cameron Dick MP on 6/01/2020

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House:
1. We are opposed to the Banana Range Windfarm being built in a non-industrial zoned area, in close proximity to rural residential areas and a school.
2. Guidelines are out of date. Fifty-one (51) turbines for this project are predicted to be 220 metres high. Guidelines were implemented for significantly smaller turbines.
The windfarm has a significant, widespread visual impact on our community due to the disproportionate size of turbines to the height of the range.
3. Inconsistent guidelines for noise buffer zones vary from state to state. Guidelines must be fully investigated and consistent
4. The Queensland State Government has removed local councils from the approval process for windfarm development, making it considerably difficult for rural communities to have input. Additionally, objections are met with biased, self-regulated research done by the company or by government agencies.
5. Lack of community consultation and neighbouring properties not being informed of the proposed development.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to:
1. To stop the approval of Industrial wind turbines being built in non-industrial areas.
2. That all applications for windfarms be ceased until the lack of regulation and inconsistent/old guidelines can be thoroughly reviewed and updated.
3. To ensure local community and residents are able to have concerns and objections heard and resolved at a local level.
4. To reject the approval of the Banana Range Windfarm.