Hydro Tasmania wants to build 200 wind turbines, towering up to 152 metres, on the remote King Island at the western entrance to Bass Strait, off the North-West tip of Tasmania.
The total area on which the turbines will be built, taking spacing into account, will cover approximately 20,000 hectares, or almost 20 per cent of the island. Yes, that's right, 20 per cent of the island!
This development, which Hydro Tasmania has branded TasWind, is totally out of proportion to King Island and will change its character forever.
The No TasWind Farm Group (NTWFG) has been established by concerned King Island residents who believe their home’s unique place in the world and rich potential as a global tourism destination will be destroyed by 200 wind turbines.
The first court hearing in the dispute between No TasWind Farm Group Inc (NTWFG) and Hydro Tasmania took place on 1 November 2013 before His Honour Mr Justice Kerr in the Federal Court in Hobart.
NTWFG bases its argument on the grounds that Hydro Tasmania’s attempt at “community engagement” on King Island completely failed to engage one third of the community, whilst another third voted unequivocally against the project, or had their vote disallowed by scrutineers. Read more...
Hydro Tasmania has made a number of claims about the TasWind project which the NTWFG question. Discover what the TasWind project will mean for your job, health and property values.
Hydro Tasmania’s feasibility study will take two years; effectively placing King Island in suspended animation. This will be hugely detrimental to our island’s already fragile economy and cost us jobs.
If you're concerned about the potential impact the TasWind farm could have on King Island, please show your support and get involved.