Mt Tabor man stands up for solar farm
ONE Mount Tabor resident has raised his voice in favour of a proposed multi-million dollar solar farm that could take out a massive 154-hectare proportion of the Freestone Valley.
Alwyn Cutmore said he feels the campaign against the $100 million development has been led by a group of Mt Tabor residents with a vested interest in their expensive views.
"They are not thinking about anyone else,” he said.
Mr Cutmore supports the landowners who have agreed to lease their properties to solar farm developed Terrain Solar.
"Some poor farmer can't make a living off the acreage he's got, and now he has the chance to support his family for generations to come.”
"Whether it is 20, 30 or 50 years - that farm and his children are going to benefit because he let that solar farm go on his place.”
Mr Cutmore said the conversation around the solar farm had been overwhelmingly negative and led by a small group of residents.
Over 100 people from Warwick, Sladevale and other parts of the region attended a public meeting with Southern Downs councillors earlier this week.
No one at the meeting spoke in favour of the solar farm.
But Mr Cutmore said the industry could be an asset to the Southern Downs, if only it were embraced.
"People are going to come to Warwick and say for once Warwick is going ahead and is getting up on its feet and producing,” he said.
"Warwick was an inward-looking town but that is beginning to change.”
Mr Cutmore said he had confidence the council would put in the appropriate conditions to mitigate any damage or risk caused by the farm.
"This is one of the most honest councils in Queensland.”
He also said the visual impact of the farm would be negligible.
But town planner Melissa Vouros said the visual amenities report provided by Terrain Solar needed to be more thorough.
She also said a land suitability assessment, needs assessment, electro-magnetic field assessment and closure and re-mediation plan were lacking from the report.