Wind rallies blow into Canberra

Opposing sides of an increasingly bitter wind farm debate rallied in Canberra yesterday, with supporters gathering in the city and opponents across the lake at Parliament House.

Federal Hume MP Alby Schultz had announced he would attend the anti wind rally, along with Liberal Hume candidate Angus Taylor. Mr Schultz was unable to make it, but Mr Taylor attended and gave a speech. See Friday's Tribune for more.*

Crookwell grazier Charlie Prell, who wants to host wind turbines, said opponents were wealthy, well-connected landholders who did not want to look at the turbines.

''To be honest, we need to stand up and fight for what we believe in,'' Mr Prell said. He is a spokesman for NSW Regional Renewables Alliance, a group of 70 landholders and regional businesses.

Rallying from 11am under a 'Wind Power Fraud'' banner, critics said turbines issued between 8000 and 10,000 renewable energy certificates every year, which translated into a tax on electricity.

*Updated at 5.10pm on Tuesday June 18.

The anti-wind rally held at Parliament House yesterday. Across the lake, a pro renewable energy rally gathered in the city. Photographer Alex Tewes reported about twice as many people at the second rally.

The anti-wind rally held at Parliament House yesterday. Across the lake, a pro renewable energy rally gathered in the city. Photographer Alex Tewes reported about twice as many people at the second rally.

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