Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Solar Fight Heats Up at Nana Glen

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Solar Fight Heats Up at Nana Glen

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Byline: Janine Watson Janine.Watson@coffscoastadvocate.com.au

NANA Glen residents opposed to a solar farm planned for the small village are ramping up their fight.

Public meetings have been held and protest signs ordered. Current and aspiring politicians have visited the village in recent weeks where the $15-million solar farm is proposed.

If approved, it will include approximately 50,000 solar panels across 53ha on two properties either side of Ferrets Rd. The location has been chosen due to its proximity to the high voltage substation.

The proponent (Rio Indygen) is seeking approval to operate the farm for up to 25 years, after which all above-ground components would be removed and the land restored to its former agricultural potential.

When contacted by The Advocate, the company was not prepared to clarify exactly how income will be generated but reiterated the project is in the 'very early stages' and that all emails from concerned residents would continue to be answered.

"If people have concerns I'd like to address them. I'd like to know what their concern is and why they have the concern and I will provide an answer. Send an email to info@nanglensolarfarm.com.au. Answers are also likely to be found in the project documents, which can be found here www.nanaglensolarfarm. com.au/documents.html," project manager Andy Barrow wrote.

Chris Clarke is a spokesperson for the residents' group opposing the development and like many others he says his main issue with the proposal is that it's on is prime agricultural land. He moved to the area two years ago and operates a cattle farm.

The group has established a Facebook page (Nana Glen Solar Farm proposal and objections) and signs reading 'Protect Our Agricultural Land: Solar Roofs Not Solar Farms' have been ordered. There is also a change.org petition against the venture which states property values are expected to decrease by 40 per cent and there will be an increase in temperature and a decrease in precipitation. …

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