Tasmanian windfarm approved despite concerns for threatened wildlife

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Environment groups say Robbins Island, home to Tasmanian devil colony and critically endangered orange-bellied parrot, is ‘worst possible place’ for energy park

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A proposal to build a windfarm in wetlands used by migratory shorebirds off north-west Tasmania has been approved by the state’s environmental regulator on the condition that it shuts down for several months of the year.

The Tasmanian Environment Protection Authority has given renewables company ACEN the green light to build up to 122 turbines on Robbins Island, which is home to a wild disease-free Tasmanian devil colony and is habitat for migratory birds including the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot (OBP) and eastern curlew.

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