It seems pretty clear to me that the residents of Uriarra Village, just west of Canberra are about to be royally shafted by the ACT Government. They’re fighting to have this proposed solar farm moved to another location, but the Government is clinging to process and moving forward to make it happen.
I don’t know anyone at the village. I’ve only ever driven through there a handful of times, but I really feel for these poor people who are being bullied by business and government at the same time.
It’s not difficult to see why Simon Corbell’s primary vote at the last election was so low if this is an indication of how he deals with constituents. I’ve sung Simon Corbell’s praises when it comes to his social media engagement, but he’s failed in engaging with this little rural community and responding to their complaints. If the next election was purely in Uriarra, the libs could run Todd Carney against him and expect to win. (If Jeremy Hanson is seriously considering recruiting Mr Carney, might I suggest that he could campaign on a platform of ‘more public toilets.’)
Every time Simon Corbell talks about this solar farm, I get the impression that he’s right behind the developers and that the concerns of residents will not play any role whatsoever in determining whether the project.
Simon’s suggested Elementus Energy has done a big favour to the residents by moving their solar farm away from houses. The reality is that they’ve announced a move of 30 metres which is not going to make any difference to anyone.
The application, which was lodged with the ACT Planning and Land Authority was made public on Thursday night.
Elementus are telling us that 70 per cent of homes will be at least 300 metres away from the solar panels and half the homes will be more than 500 metres away.
I just don’t understand why, when we have so much rural land in the ACT…why would you need to build this so close to the village ? It doesn’t make sense to me.