An overwhelming number of responses to Infigen’s Environmental Assessment for the Bodangora wind farm have been negative with the largest response roughly 730 pages, compiled by the Bodangora Wind Farm Awareness Group.
The group of 17 had less than 60 days to read Infigen’s assessment of roughly 900 pages and submit their own.
Member of the group Michael Lyons said in many ways the volume of their submission came easily because of the number of occasions where Infigen did not meet the director general’s requirements.
“I really don’t think they expected anyone to read it,” he said.
The submission took hundreds of hours of work as well as an estimated $6000-$7000 to consult specialists.
“Our report from the acoustician is more accurate than Infigen’s assessment because they essentially didn’t measure infrasound and while they did acknowledge it exists there was no evidence to say that it did or did not affect people,” Mr Lyons said.
One submission he feels is particularly damning is about an access road that would be placed on one man’s property without consultation, his consent or the consent of its previous owners.
In response to the submissions, a spokesman for Infigen said many who opposed the wind farm were not from the Wellington area.
“We are looking through the submissions and comments now and will report back on these to the NSW Department of Planning in the next few months,” he said.