Rainbow Beach Chamber of Commerce meeting

Dave at the dump point

Dave at the dump point

Another informative and insightful Rainbow Beach Chamber of Commerce meeting was held last month at the Rainbow Beach Surf Club.

Jane Daniels, Head of Stakeholder Engagement for Forest Wind, the new $2 billion wind farm planned for the Gympie and Wide Bay region, was guest speaker.

Jane gave an overview of the project and announced the aim was to start construction at the end of 2021, or early 2022, and the need for local accommodation and job opportunities.

Questions were raised including the extent of public consultation, the noise from the turbines and land area required, ecological concerns, distance from homes and how much power would be generated.

In other matters, the recent tragedy at Teewah Beach and ‘hooning’ was brought up by President Nigel Worthington and there was discussion on the prevention of another fatality.

Mayor Glen Hartwig, CEO Shane Gray, Cr Jess Milne and Cr Dolly Jensen all attended the meeting and fielded questions from the floor including a request for extra recycling collection days for businesses, establishment of rubbish facilities at Bullock Point, the new main street plan, tyre inflation issues, the upcoming advertising campaign, illegally parked camper vans, and time restrictions on parking in the main street.

There is further information on the wind farm project at: www.forestwind.com.au and https://forestwind.icn.org.au

The Chamber meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month and the next one will be held at the Rainbow Beach Sport Club on October 20 at 5pm for 5.30pm and all are welcome.