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FARM ONLINE | Farmer rights can't be collateral damage in renewables race

Farmers' rights cannot be forgotten as the companies race to find locations to construct renewable energy infrastructure.

Grain Producers Australia (GPA) has warned the quality of engagement and communication is paramount when businesses enter communities for planned work.

GPA spokesperson Andrew Weidemann welcomed comments from Agriculture Minister Murray Watt on the subject admitting there needed to be balance during the development period to protect the rights of landholders.

He said many within agricultural regions already had experience in coexistence via mining projects. 

"After so many years of lived experience with mining developments impacting productive farmland and the environment, we already know what's right and what's wrong," he said. 

He said he hoped renewable businesses would take this on board rather than simply put in lip service towards consultation. 

"Companies can't afford to be racing off to build transmission lines, wind farms or solar farms without first sitting down to make sure communities are on board before they start, not after." 


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