The Chalumbin Wind Farm plan near the World Heritage rainforest has ‘attracted’ protestors in far north Queensland. Calls to the state government have sprung into the limelight after fears that the renewable energy project is an ‘ironical’ action.
Renewable energy is supposed to save the environment – not destroy it. This is the concern of the people protesting the Chalumbin project in Queensland. There is also fear the project will turn the World Heritage rainforest into an industrial wasteland.
The South-Korean company, Epuron develops wind and solar solutions for energy. The company has proposed to construct a 94-wind turbine that will ‘touch’ the rainforest. Epuron is assessing the area at the moment. The wind farm will be located in two areas near the Tully Falls National Park which is a site in the aforementioned protected region. The farm will be a 1200 hectare built with 200 metres high turbines.
The locals as well as the Federal MP Kennedy have raised concerns that the wind farm will threaten the local flora and fauna. He has stated that the wind farm needs to be constructed in an area of the country where there are no trees and animals. The fears for the environment are indeed real.
The wind farm will be constructed near the small village of Ravenshoe. There is another company from France called Neoen that already has a wind project in the area. Trees are already being cut for that project. The 28-turbine project by the French company is built on a large area with 200 metres high turbines.
There is yet another project called the Desailly Renewable Energy Park proposed by an Irish company in the same area. This ‘greenwash’ is certainly a matter that has raised more than a few eyebrows amongst the activist community. The area also holds cultural value to the locals as well as the rest of the Australian public.
The South Korean company has stated that the project is under review by the assigned authorities. The project will power more than 350,000 homes in Australia.
Australia has a 50% renewable energy target by the year 2030. A “rigorous environmental assessment process” is required for all such projects, stated the Queensland Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Minister Mick de Brenni.