Hydro Tasmania will proceed with its feasibility study for a 200-turbine wind farm on King Island despite a survey of residents finding only 59% in support. The company had previously said that it would not proceed unless there was 60% support.
Andrew Catchpole, a spokesman for Hydro Tasmania siad that "We do feel that the survey result of 59% is a very strong indication of community support. We didn't have a hard cut-off. The question was posed, and we indicated that a simple majority of 50% plus one wouldn't be enough."
The King Island Wind Farm is the largest currently proposed in the Southern Hemisphere but it is likely to be at least nine years before it commeces production.