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Convoy blows in

Thursday, 7th December, 2017

Australia's biggest wind turbine blade consisting of 65 metres, transported all the way from Port Adelaide. PICTURE: Myles Burt Australia's biggest wind turbine blade consisting of 65 metres, transported all the way from Port Adelaide. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

A convoy hauling a 65 metre turbine blade from Port Adelaide rolled into Broken Hill yesterday afternoon.

The Silverton Wind Farm project is officially underway as the convoy leaving at 4am on Tuesday morning, hauled one of the turbine blades from Port Adelaide. 

Another one is expected to come up today.

The convey rolled into Broken Hill around 5pm yesterday with the first set of enormous components that will continue to be transported from Port Adelaide.

More pieces of the project will follow during the first half of 2018 according to AGL’s Group Manager Mike Duffy.

Silverton locals are excited over the added industry to area and have now accepted the project going ahead. 

Silverton Hotel owner Peter Price is happy with the employment opportunities for locals over the construction.

“It’s fantastic, it’s great to see some industry out here,” he said.

Mr Price has provided hospitality to the AGL crew based in Silverton, and isn’t worried that there will be any issues over the transporting.

“They’re clever guys, they’ve been out here 3D road mapping the roads in preparation so they know their stuff.”

However, some Silverton locals are worried about the future of the area. 

Mad Max Museum’s Linda Bennett is uncertain over what will happen with the Silverton Road. 

The road, already quite dangerous due to its width, is deteriorating faster from the increased heavy traffic, according to Mrs Bennett.

“What happens when they go are they going to leave the roads like that? Are they going to leave it to Broken Hill or RTA?”

However residents like Mrs Bennett are certain that the wind farm will not stop locals or tourists from coming out to view Silverton’s landscapes.

“A lot come out for the serenity, for the view, for what you see.

“You’re twenty minutes from Broken Hill but you could be anywhere in the world when youíve got that serenity around you and that view.”

The Silverton Wind Farm plan to be fully operational by the middle of 2018.

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