How do you feel about a wind farm for Coopers Gap?

A WIND farm project expected to create construction jobs and ongoing employment for the South Burnett will soon be open to public scrutiny, with comment on the proposal now open.

The $500m Coopers Gap Wind Farm between Kingaroy and Dalby could potentially supply power to 180,000 households.

Locals have the chance to have their say from now to July 11.

The move comes at a good time, with many in the area divided over the plans.

Some residents have been concerned about potential health issues caused by wind farms, but no sufficient evidence has been reported to back the claims.

One such farmer is Cooranga North producer Jim Scutt, who remains sceptical of the plan.

"They've split this community in two and I think in the long run it's not going to mix - it'll cause a virtual shut-down of the community," Mr Scutt said.

"I've got nothing against renewable energy, providing it doesn't impact on communities."

But fellow producer Cyril Stewart is supportive.

Although he acknowledged his neighbour's concerns, Mr Stewart said more research needed to be done.

"Unless they've actually visited a wind farm for themselves, they haven't got a leg to stand on."

Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said comment had opened on draft terms of reference for the project's environmental impact statement.

"Consultation is a very important part of the EIS and I encourage people to take a look at terms of reference and have their say," Dr Lynham said.

"There'll be more opportunity down the track as well to comment on the EIS once it's submitted to the independent Co-ordinator-General."

The project could create up to 350 construction jobs and ongoing employment for up to 20 people in the region.

The project was declared a co-ordinated project early last week. For more information visit www.

Topics:  agriculture coopers gap coopers gap wind farm cooranga north renewable energy

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