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TRE tries to heavy the greens

By johnboy 29 October 2008 71

[First filed: October 28, 2008 @ 09:30]

The Canberra Times has a piece in which Technical Real Estate tries to put the frighteners up the Greens and all opponents of their planned data centre / power station.

It seems they’re frustrated from doing business in a functional democracy and have determined that the only viable place for their plans is close the homes in Tuggeranong.

As a long time watcher of these things there’s a lot here that makes little sense. Does some mighty factional warlord own the land? Why else is this particular parcel of land so essential to the process. Surely the co-generation capacity reduces the need to be near residential areas?

UPDATED: The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is quite reasonably asking what the game is here:

    ‘”We don’t understand why TRE are prepared to go overseas or interstate, but they are not prepared to move down the road.”

    “The Greens are very confident that appropriate sites for this or future data centre projects could be found in the ACT” Ms Bresnan said.’

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deezagood 10:33 am 02 Nov 08

tom-tom said :

My understanding is they have to buy the land here.

They can’t buy the land yet, because it is zoned as a broadacre buffer zone and isn’t currently zoned for this type of development. Once re-zoned (as would need to occur to enable this illegal structure to go onto inappropriately zoned land) the government will offer the land to TRE at a significantly reduced rate (have to be seen to do ‘right thing’ and all) and without bidding or competition from anybody else.

deezagood 10:30 am 02 Nov 08

ChrisinTurner said :

In Melbourne the gas-fired Newport power station is next to houses see,victoria,australia&sll=51.548323,-2.949228&sspn=0.00906,0.017188&g=newport+power+station,victoria&ie=UTF8&ll=-37.841809,144.893918&spn=0.002876,0.004297&t=h&z=18

Chris – if you read the original threads, as this issue has discussed previously. The gas station at Newport was built before the houses, the people living there chose to do so with full knowledge of what they were getting into. Further, the newport turbines are fully housed in concrete and have enormous tall chimneys. Its like comparing apples to oranges.

Frankly, showing examples of places where gas turbine power stations exist near houses doen’t make them right! Other places (like the UK) have nuclear reactors near housing communities too – but that doesn’t make them right and that we should do the same.

planeguy 9:54 am 02 Nov 08

Aurelius said :

Technical Real Estate will have an interesting time putting pressure on the Green MLAs. Considering Greening Australia and the RSPCA can’t even get the current crop of MLAs to talk to them, what hope does a developer have?

Far better chance. Unfortunately I believe that the Government and especially ACTPLA try to be the developers’ friend rather than objective assessors of applications. Its sad, but either there are a lot of incompetent individuals or the system is designed to make incompetence the appropriate action. And considering I have faith in public servants (as a whole), then the latter must be true….

Digga 8:30 am 02 Nov 08

I’m not moving to Melbourne just for the pleasure of living next to a power station…

Chose the bush capital for a reason!

Gungahlin Al 3:42 pm 01 Nov 08

That’s the one – a crack-up.

Digga 12:24 pm 01 Nov 08

The cartoon can be viewed here. It remains (c) The Canberra Times:

tom-tom 2:36 pm 30 Oct 08

My understanding is they have to buy the land here.

deezagood 2:19 pm 30 Oct 08

Yes, but TRE might actually have to BUY the land in Cooma.

Whatsup 2:17 pm 30 Oct 08

Cooma has jumped in and invited the project to be built there. There are also showing a bit of wisdom and suggesting it be placed in an industrial estate, its got a better chance of approvals there.

deezagood 1:31 pm 30 Oct 08

Buggar – I’ll have to cough up.

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