Almost all sunshine for $200 million solar farm project

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times

Plans for a $200 million solar farm in Benger have been given the go ahead following a decision made at Tuesday night’s council meeting in Harvey, and despite strong opposition from a concerned neighbour.

Peter Humble, whose kitchen window is just 300m from the proposal, said he was disappointed with the council’s decision.

“None of the councillors seemed to have a good grasp of the issues we’re presenting,” he said.

“There hasn’t been any coherent explanation by anybody, including the proponents, of how exactly this farm system is going to work, and that’s a huge concern.”

South Energy project manager Baifulaqi Du said he met with Mr Humble twice earlier in the year to discuss the project.

“Mr Humble was among the first neighbours we visited prior to the community engagement drop-in session which took place in Brunswick the next day,” Mr Du said.

“We went through every page of the documents and left our details for him to get back to us if he had any further questions.”

Harvey shire president Paul Gillett said the project was a fantastic opportunity for the shire.

The council’s recommendation will go to the Southern Joint Development Assessment Panel which will make the final decision.

“If this project goes ahead it’s going to be a nightmare for us, but a nightmare is better because you wake up and you realise it’s all over,” Mr Humble said.

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