STOP EPURON'S CHALUMBIN WIND FARM DEVELOPMENT!

STOP EPURON'S CHALUMBIN WIND FARM DEVELOPMENT!

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Matt Lachlan started this petition to Epuron and

Chalumbin Wind Farm, a subsidiary of Epuron PTY LTD have proposed to built a 94 turbine wind farm 15km SW of Ravenshoe, in North Queensland, Australia. The land this development seeks to build on borders the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (WTWHA). The development will lead to the destruction of 2797acres, comprised of 95% remnant vegetation.

200 species of fauna are known to inhabit the development area. These include three species classed as vulnerable or endangered under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 & IUCN List of Threatened Species 2020.2. The Northern Greater Glider, Magnificent Brood Frog, and Red Goshawk.

The company's own Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) referral application states the project is assessed as "having a potentially significant residual impact" on all three species.

*The Northern Greater Glider: "The project will involve the removal 563.27ha (1391.87 acres), of potential habitat and 56.59ha (139.84 acres), of critical habitat for the greater Glider.

*Red Goshawk: "The project may lead to the clearing of 165ha (407.72 acres), of habitat critical to the survival of the species, and 1024.86ha (2532.48 acres), of potential habitat for the species".

*Magnificent Brood Frog EPBC referral states "the Project may lead to the clearing of 27.03ha (66.79 acres) of habitat critical to  the survival of the species, and 21.15ha (52.26acres), of potential habitat for the species."

Epuron the developer has now been sold to a Korean owned multi-national. The ultimate owner of the Chalumbin Wind Farm stands to earn $47 million per annum in taxpayer-funded subsidies, should this development be approved.  Clearly, profits are more important to these companies than the environment, the 200 species of animals that inhabit the ecosystems under threat, or the fact this borders World Heritage Listed Rainforest.

Epuron has consistently failed to consult with the community in an open and transparent manner.

Epuron, it is unacceptable for you to seek to destroy critical habitat of vulnerable and endangered species for your own profit. With deforestation a leading cause of climate change, the destruction and fragmentation of such bio-diverse ecosystems bordering the WTWHA is completely unacceptable and is not 'green'.  It is abhorrent that you refuse to engage and openly consult with the community, including with the Jirrbal people, Traditional Custodians, of this land. It is unacceptable that you refuse to listen to nor acknowledge the Jirrbal Elders who have spoken publicly of sacred sites on this land, and who do not want this development to proceed.

Epuron / Chalumbin Wind Farm / Korean Zinc - you have no social licence to proceed with the Chalumbin Wind Farm Project. We the undersigned have no confidence in your company, and do not want this project to proceed. Do the right thing, abandon this project, and know you are not welcome to return to our community.

https://stopchalumbinwindfarm.com/

To understand how Epuron has treated the community please read the following first hand account.

 

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