Residents learn Keyneton wind farm will continue

42-turbines will be constructed along the Mount Lofty Rangers as part of the Keyneton wind farm development.
42-turbines will be constructed along the Mount Lofty Rangers as part of the Keyneton wind farm development.

The fate of the Keyneton wind farm development, given state approval in late 2013, was again revealed to residents on Wednesday evening during a closed community meeting.

More than 50 members of the public were told by Schubert MP Stephan Knoll that the development would continue.

The gathering at the town hall was the result of the community requesting more information from the MP after residents expressed concerns about a “lapse” for a two-year extension for construction.

“I had been asked repeatedly if I could undo the approval and the answer was no and the answer is still no,” Mr Knoll said.

“I do, however, understand and share their concerns,” he added.

Mr Knoll, who was on hand as MP, also shared his advice as Planning and Transport Minister by reiterating the development had been approved before the new government was introduced.

Angst was raised by residents during a community meeting held in May this year involving developers of the 42-wind turbine development, Pacific Hydro.

Residents sought a direct answers of the hold up in construction and whether the wind farm would continue after its 2013 approval.

“We were let left in a stalemate situation,” Keyneton resident David Formby has told the Herald.

He and many others had held hope that the wind farm development had “died and was buried” due to time lapsing for developers to apply for a two-year extension at state government level last year.

However, the community opposing the development, including members of the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges Landscape Guardian, were not informed of the decision.

Mr Knoll said the information would have been recorded in the SA government gazette.

Despite angst among the community, Mr Formby explained how the evening meeting was run “quite respectfully”.

Mr Formby awaits for his Freedom of Information request later this month, which highlights the events of the wind farm extension.