Qld Govt to have final say on Mount Emerald wind farm

Wind power

The Queensland Government says it will use the decision-making process for a proposed far north Queensland wind farm to help formulate a statewide code.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney called in the $400 million Mount Emerald wind farm in June, while Mareeba Mayor Tom Gilmore says his council will not make a submission on either the controversial project or the wind farm code that is due out later this year.

“It’s one of those things that you strike from time to time and it’s simply beyond your capacity, so you’re better off to pass it to somebody who has the resources in all things to be able to deal with it properly,” he said, as reported by ABC News.

Wind farm opponents say they are worried local issues like property values and noise may now not receive adequate consideration.

However, Councillor Gilmore says the project is extremely complex and it is appropriate the State Government has the ultimate say.

“In my view if it was done locally it could easily become an emotional issue rather than a carefully considered one, so it is far better to be dealt with by a central agency,” he told ABC News.