New South Wales
Based on our experience over the last 5-6 years of stage 1, we strongly
recommend the following:
Tourism: Given the interest in the wind farm, both locally and in the
wider community, we would like to see a viewing platform incorporated
into stage 2. This was part of the 2010 Statement of Commitments given
by the proponent "Consideration of a parking or stopping bay if
required". Incorporation of a viewing platform would minimise
trespassing on local landowners private property, and thus
compromising the farmers bio security plans, by those wanting to get a
closer view of the turbines. A viewing platform should also minimise
any future potential road accidents by all road users by encouraging
those who wish to take photos to exit their vehicles at a designated
location . A garbage bin located at the viewing platform should also
encourage tourists to dispose of their McDonald wrappers and coffee
cups in a more appropriate manner.
To further enhance the tourist experience, and to generate further
foot traffic for the local business in the village of Nimmitabel, the
"spare" blade (the blade that was damaged during in stage 1
construction phase) should be located in an appropriate place in
Nimmitabel (Lake Williams) along with an information cube.
Traffic & Transport: We feel the Council missed an excellent
opportunity during Stage 1 to have Springfield Road sealed and
upgraded by the proponents. In a submission by the Council to the
development proposal it was requested:
"Council would insist on Springfield Road being sealed from the
current end of the sealed formation to a point past the intersection
of Avon Lake Road to maintain all weather access, and beyond if
traffic demand requires."
Perhaps this missed opportunity was because of the amalgamation, and
at sign-off, there was not an elected Mayor in place. But let's not
miss this opportunity this time. Given the drought conditions at
present, with no change in sight, no one needs more dust being
generated by a lot of additional traffic for 12 months or more.
The additional traffic, the narrow road, no centre line, and the haste
in which all road users travel, Springfield Road in its current
condition is an accident waiting to happen.