Environment Minister Greg Hunt has reassured farmers in the Liverpool Plains region that the strictest conditions have been put in place to ensure ugly, noisy wind turbines do not blemish the new 35km2 open cut coal mine planned for the area.
“Coal mining is really important, but we know these huge, dirty eyesores can have a pretty significant impact on the landscape. So I want to reassure those of you living in the area that your new mine will not feature any of them; not a single wind turbine,” Mr Hunt said.
He said the wind turbine stipulation also meant local animals in the area would be protected. “It’s reassuring to know that any animals left after coal mining has begun won’t be at risk from these bladed death machines”.