GREEN GOAL: A $40 million, 20-hectare solar farm is proposed for 50 hectares of unused cane land at Valdora.
GREEN GOAL: A $40 million, 20-hectare solar farm is proposed for 50 hectares of unused cane land at Valdora. Contributed

Residents angry at solarfarm silence

ANGRY residents are expected to pack a public meeting at Valdora to protest Sunshine Coast Council plans for a solar farm off Yandina-Coolum Rd.

Residents fear the farm will reflect intense light into their properties and destroy their rural amenity.

The council continues to refuse to answer questions about the project or explain why it cost it $4.33 million to buy the land where it will sit.

Valdora resident Jim Perry said yesterday that in the absence of any council community consultation, the meeting would attempt to answer residents' questions about the project.

He said among other things the "questionable land acquisition deals that have lead to the council paying $4.33 million for a block of land that was sold for $770,000 18 months ago" would be discussed.

"The land is flood-prone cane land that now has an appeal pending against its solar farm development approval,'' Mr Perry said.

He said the meeting also would consider why council refused to divulge any details of the financial viability of a $30 million venture.

Council has cited legal and contractual issues as being the reason it won't comment on several issues with the project.

Nor will it explain those legal and contractual issues.

Mr Perry said an early business case study produced by council called for six weeks of community consultation before expressions of interest were called to build the project.

Mr Perry that instead of following its own advice council had completed the process without the consultation, had purchased the land even though its development approval was the subject to court challenge and was forging ahead on a tender process.

The community meeting will be held at Valdora Hall on August 26 from 7-9pm.


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