Western Downs Regional Council
Mayor Ray Brown

October 19, 2012

Western Downs Mayor Ray Brown is saddened that misinformation has split the community over the proposed Coopers Gap wind farm.

Cr Brown told southburnett.com.au today that there had been a lot of “scaremongering” and wrong information about the project from both opponents and proponents of the scheme.

He said his Council did not even have a development application before it yet, and was not “taking sides” in the public debate.

The Council had spoken to groups both in favour of the project and against it in a bid to ensure community attitudes were informed by science.

“There has been a terrible amount of misinformation,” Cr Brown said.

“It is terribly disappointing how it has turned neighbour against neighbour, mainly because of misinformation.

“We deal with facts. We don’t want people making up their minds based on extreme emotions.

“The public deserves a fully transparent informed decision. We want the truth, backed up by science.”

Cr Brown said the wind farm would have to meet the planning grounds of both his council and the South Burnett Regional Council in regards to noise and other environmental criteria, but he believed the ultimate decision would rest with the State Government.

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