OPINION: Pristine Port Stephens needs our protection Opinion Property/Sports/Opinion - popup ad by News Of The Area - Modern Media - October 3, 2023 DEAR News Of The Area, WOULDN’T you think it to have been wise for the government to have conducted a community survey or poll before we had this wind farm foisted upon us. The wind farm has been unjustifiably forced on to our region after it was outright rejected by the people of Norah Head. What makes the decision makers think that the Port Stephens community would be any different from our southern neighbours? Whose idea was that? As yet, I am to find one local resident who supports the project – not one! Why then would our rarely seen Federal Member, Meryl Swanson, not speak up against it? The answer is, that it is politics. Our Federal Member could stand up and support the community concern, which is her job, however she has been directed by her superiors to “toe the party line”. I would hazard a guess that the majority of this community would be in support of renewable energy for the future BUT not at the expense of the natural environment. There is absolutely nothing to guarantee that this project, if put in place, would not disrupt the whale highway or would not impact on all sea creatures, including fish and sea birds. That being the case, why risk what we have? What about the offensive visual impact? We are fortunate to live in one of the most magnificent parts of the world with our greatest asset being our natural beauty which, at this time, requires our protection. Regards, John CLARKE, Fingal Bay.