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Wind farm stalled, not canned: Mayor

Friday, 12th July, 2013

By By Kurtis J Eichler

Mayor Wincen Cuy says he is confident AGL’s deferred $500 million wind farm at Silverton will at some stage go ahead.

This week the company told Silverton residents they would “delay and defer” their project, claiming “uncertainty” about the looming federal election.

Clr Cuy hasn’t been briefed by AGL yet but said the news was disappointing.

“It’s disappointing but the project hasn’t started yet,” he said.

“It’s one of those things that people want it to be started but you can understand the nervousness of the developers.”

He said AGL’s uncertainty was shared by other sectors such as mining and the car industry.

Deputy Mayor and Labor councillor Darriea Turley said it was “big blow” to the district.

Clr Turley said a lack of confidence in a Tony Abbott-led Coalition government would affect other projects around Broken Hill.

“The mothballing of the Silverton Wind Farm project is a symptom of investors’ lack of confidence in Tony Abbott and his Coalition,” she said.

“This is an alleged government-in-waiting that has no policies and now has no confidence by big-end investors.

“I am very concerned about the lack of Coalition polices and how this will affect other projects in the Broken Hill region such as the Solar Farm and mining developments.”

Clr Turley went on to criticise federal MP Sussan Ley, saying it was not right of her to just accept a briefing from AGL.

“I would have expected that she would be banging on their door to ensure investors do not lose confidence.”

State MP John Williams said the delay was annoying.

“Obviously this whole wind farm thing is a pain in the butt,” he said yesterday.

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