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Call for action against South Australia planning delays

New Zealand power company TrustPower has hit out at the South Australian State Government, warning it needs to "take action to reduce planning delays or risk losing projects altogether." The warning came after its proposed 20 turbine wind farm at Myoponga, 50 kilometres south of Adelaide, was last month re-classified as a "major project" by state planning minister Jay Weatherill, opening it up to third party appeal and delaying progress for at least a further nine to12 months. The development, originally planned as a 70-122 MW wind farm with up to 50 turbines, has been in the public arena for almost a year and has already been scaled down twice following local concerns about visual intrusion. Originally the project was set to be assessed under Section 49 of the Planning Act, which is not open to third party appeal. "We are disappointed that this significant delay has now been created," says TrustPower's Rodney Ahern. "We have already undertaken extensive community consultation."

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