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Adelaide band to play in the city

Thursday, 12th July, 2012

An Adelaide band will travel to the city this weekend to perform at the South Football Club’s Red and White Ball.

The classic rock cover band “Crazy 88” will aim to deliver an engaging night of rocking tunes, a catalogue containing contemporary modern tracks and an extensive list of everybody’s favourite classic rock numbers when they appear at the Civic Centre ball.

Since Crazy 88’s first cover show in Kangaroo Island back in 2002 the band has continued to drive over miles and miles of countryside to the furthest corners of the state, in search of new and interesting locations to set up a rock show. “Crazy 88” is one of Adelaide’s most reputable regional-touring cover bands.

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Power restored

Thursday, 12th July, 2012

Power has been restored to the townships of Wilcannia and White Cliffs and surrounding rural properties, after storm events cut the electricity supply on Tuesday. 

Essential Energy regional general manager Far West and water operations, Guy Chick, said power was restored to customers yesterday at approximately 11am.

The cause of the outage was found to be a regular which failed as a result of the storms, resulting in a loss of supply to around 600 customers.

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“Exorbitant” expenditure questioned

Wednesday, 11th July, 2012

KENNEDY AND ALGATE'S COUNCIL REPORT

 

It was pleasing to see that the June Council meeting was well attended by members of the public.

Irrespective of criticisms directed at us, we will, on behalf of ratepayers, continue to question exorbitant expenditures and be committed to sound fiscal management and retiring council’s approved debt which now stands at $8 million. In this regard we are looking forward to the September elections and the potential return of Peter Black as Mayor.

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Energy giant to discuss issues

Wednesday, 11th July, 2012

AGL said it was pleased with the make-up of its Silverton Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee (CCC).  The first of the monthly meetings will be held tomorrow night at the Silverton Municipal Chambers and will be attended by AGL’s general manager for power development, Scott Thomas and manager of solar development, Doug Landfear. AGL said it was pleased with the make-up of its Silverton Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee (CCC). The first of the monthly meetings will be held tomorrow night at the Silverton Municipal Chambers and will be attended by AGL’s general manager for power development, Scott Thomas and manager of solar development, Doug Landfear.

By Kurtis Eichler

AGL said it was pleased with the make-up of its Silverton Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee (CCC).

The first of the monthly meetings will be held tomorrow night at the Silverton Municipal Chambers and will be attended by AGL’s general manager for power development, Scott Thomas and manager of solar development, Doug Landfear.

Silverton and Broken Hill residents as well as a City Council representative will make up the voluntary committee.

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AGL backs wind

Wednesday, 11th July, 2012

Silverton project ‘still a priority’

By Kurtis Eichler

Energy giant AGL says the delayed Silverton Wind Farm project was still an “absolute priority”.

AGL has moved back the start date of the controversial wind farm project after winning funding to build a solar plant in Broken Hill last month.

Construction of the Silverton Wind Farm was slated to start by the end of 2013, but has now been pushed back to make way for a photovoltaic (PV) solar plant.

AGL announced last month that Broken Hill would share in a 159 megawatt thin-film PV solar plant worth $450 million.

The project would see a 53 megawatt built a short distance out of the city, while the remaining 106 megawatt plant would be built in Nyngan.

AGL’s general manager of power development, Scott Thomas said the Silverton project was still an “absolute priority”.

Mr Thomas was in the city as part of the Silverton Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee’s inaugural meeting on Thursday night.

“We’ve been successful in our bid there so we’re in the process now of getting our planning approval for the solar project we’re building in Broken Hill,” he said.

“The Federal and State Governments are giving us $200 million to build these projects so we’ve got to achieve some key milestones there so that just puts (the solar project) ahead but Silverton’s the next project we’ve got that’s got planning approval.”

AGL hoped to start construction of the solar plant by June 2014 with the aim of finishing by mid-2015.

During that time they will “go to market” with a competitive tender process for the Wind Farm project.

“We’ll then have that as the next project to roll on either towards the end of (the solar project) or sometime during that.”

Both locations were in a unique position because they had world-class renewable resources in both solar and wind, Mr Thomas said.

“If you look at the Silverton project, what we see there is the capacity factor and the wind speed we’re getting out there, that’s right up there as a really good quality site.

“Likewise with the sun, you’re blessed with a lot of solar energy here so you’re well placed there.”

Mr Thomas and his colleague Doug Landfear will visit Rob Day Station, where the solar plant will be built, today.

“If this site was built right now, it’d be in the top 20 by size solar plants in the world so it’s a pretty significant project.”

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