Media Release Monday 15 September 2014

The ACT Labor government needs to understand the ugly impact its renewable energy target is having on the use and land values of regional communities in the Capital Region, Shadow Minister for Environment Nicole Lawder said today.

"Simon Corbell wants to take the credit without accepting the impacts of wind turbines on residents. This shows his arrogance for people beyond the ACT’s border. I’m sure Mr Corbell wouldn’t approve turbines outside his back door," Ms Lawder said.

"Simon Corbell doesn’t seem to care about the livelihoods of people who will be affected by new wind turbines proposed to be built around their homes. It’s unfair for the government to push the negative impacts of wind energy on these communities just so Simon Corbell can pursue an ideological pipedream in the ACT.

"Tomorrow I will be presenting two petitions signed by hundreds of residents who will be affected by the government’s decision to encourage the development of wind turbines in the Capital Region.

"So not only will the renewable energy target drive up electricity prices for Canberrans but it will adversely impact on residents living close to the ACT. Simon Corbell needs to reassess the government’s actions," Ms Lawder concluded.

Residents from these communities will be at the ACT Legislative Assembly from 9:30am tomorrow morning.


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