Letters to the Editor

January 10, 2018

Solar farm concern

So, a proposed $130 million solar farm with 400,000 panels on the outskirts of Mulwala is a sign of our future?  Is this what we want on land zoned rural opposite a rural residential development? Do we want to stop Mulwala’s growth and make an ugly view of the town?
If you google “Solar Farms” you will see that they are surrounded by high chain link fences with three strands of barbed wire and danger signs. A solar farm is a massive industrial/chemical/electric generating power plant.  A so called small 2mw solar farm or plant is approximately the size of nine Football fields. This one would be much bigger. Would you want to look at this from your front door?    
Alternative energy is a good thing but not on the edge of town please! Solar farms, which are power plants, do not belong against residential areas.
Sure, energy created will be sent back to the grid in NSW but it will not benefit Mulwala, or secure the power supply there. It will however benefit the company ESCO Pacific, who are lodging a development application, and they alone will benefit!
As for diversity in the local economy;  after the construction phase of nine months it appears there will only be a handful of people needed to manage the complex.
Also, as far as we can see Federation Council have not embraced the project as yet, in fact it was sprung on them at their last meeting and some doubts were raised, no decisions.  
Certainly, the size of the proposed (if it can be called a farm, more an eye sore) means that the NSW Department of Planning will have final say however community meetings must happen and that is when local people must have their say.
Until the public have been fully advised by ESCO Pacific and have had time to lodge complaints we remain hopeful that this monstrosity will not happen on the outskirts of Mulwala.

Sue & Kent Jaques
“Clonmore Park”

Jet ski rescue

I would like to clarify the facts about the rescue of the jet skier on Tuesday, January 2.
At 10pm the policeman requested that my husband, Gerry McHarg, take him out in our pontoon boat to search for someone in distress.
He did so along with a few civilians and they searched around the area without success.  
They returned to our jetty and a short time later the helicopter arrived in the area and located the jet skier. The policeman, a paramedic from the helicopter and two SES crew members came to our jetty to ask my husband to take them out to pick up the jet skier on our pontoon boat. He was more than happy to oblige. They picked up the jet skier and brought him back to our place but left the jet ski tied to the stump.
The policeman and the jet skier also called into our place the next day to express their gratitude.
Whilst we were happy to help the question remains; why isn’t an SES boat readily available for such emergencies in our locality?

Yours sincerely
Geraldine McHarg

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