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Wind farm dispute

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Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam says recent criticism of a proposed wind farm for Tasmania’s North West is not based on facts.

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale has joined former leader Bob Brown in raising concern about the Robbins Island turbines killing native birds and well as aesthetic impacts.

The State Government and Opposition have accused the veteran enviromentalist of hypocracy on the issue of renewables. 

Mr Quilliam has invited Mr Brown to visit the area to get a full understanding of the project

“The fact that Dr Brown said this project will be impacting in the Tarkine, shows that he needs to come and get a full briefing,” Mayor Quilliam said.

Proponents argue the $1.6 billion project has been subjected to development and environmental approvals, with the opportunity for public submissions..

“It is highly counter-productive to have high profile people undermining the genuine rigorous assessment processes being undertaken,” Mayor Quilliam said.

Developer UPC Renewables wants to build around 163 turbines on the island off the state’s north-west tip on land owned by wagyu beef farmers.

The towers are estimated to be around 270m high from ground to blade tip, producing 1000 megawatts of electricity to be exported to the mainland.

“You wouldn’t put offshore wind farms on the Great Barrier Reef or solar panels on the Opera House," Greens leader Richard Di Natale told Insiders on Sunday.