Koala populations and habitats affected by wind farms are in the firing line in Australia.
The Albanese government’s goal of ‘Net Zero’ aims to have wind farms and other renewables providing 82% of Australia’s power needs by 2030. Experts say the target is impossible, with some reports claiming it will cost AUD $1.2 trillion to implement.
Disturbing stories are also emerging of wind farms killing animals – including an endangered species of eagle in Tasmania. A wind farm in Clark Creek, Queensland is also attracting criticism. Located in hundreds of acres of natural koala habitat, the project’s environment plan describes culling numbers of the iconic marsupial by administering ‘a sharp blow with a hammer to the back of the skull,’ National MP Keith Pitt told 2GB Sydney radio host Ben Fordham.
‘Just keep in mind this picture. You’re putting up wind towers that are literally hundreds of metres high, have 800 tonnes of concrete in the bottom. And to get there you have to plough enormous access roads, transmission lines, all the things that go with it for every single one…and guess what? You’ll kill fauna, you’ll knock down trees… and now we see in today’s paper Ben, fast-track environmental approvals for these types of projects. This is just outrageous, it’s wrong, and they should stop doing it.’
NET ZERO : When “saving the world” involves smashing the skulls of koalas with a hammer – we are dealing with a demented cult. https://t.co/6G0YzLIepP
Labor’s latest plan to reach Net Zero involves killing koalas that get in the way of their wind turbines, by hitting the… pic.twitter.com/jmZqMWgl9i
— Craig Kelly (@CKellyUAP) November 3, 2023