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Sellicks Beach community polarised by proposed wind farm

A bid to develop a 70-122 MW wind farm in the Sellicks Hill/Myponga region of South Australia is experiencing community opposition. The proposal, by New Zealand developers TrustPower in conjunction with Wind Farm Developments, to build the wind farm 50 kilometres south of Adelaide has polarised the Sellicks Beach coastal community, where two small but vocal residents' groups have emerged, one in favour and one opposed to the development. The opposition group, "True Friends of the Southern Mount Lofty Ranges," has serious concerns about the visual impact on the local area, known for its scenic beauty. They have also expressed concerns that property values will be affected by the development. The "Friends of Future Generations" group is actively supporting the proposal. The developer has not yet lodged a development application pending a state government decision on the type of assessment process the project will need to go through. This is the first South Australian wind farm to generate significant opposition from the local community.

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