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New wind farm
Nimmitabel residents were last Thursday invited
to attend a public meeting to be informed of a
new wind farm proposal.
The wind farm, comprising 35 turbines, is
proposed to be built at Steeple Flat, 12km south
of the town.
The wind farm could generate up to 120
megawatts of power, enough to supply 77,200
homes according to spokesman for the project
Mr Shingler said the proposal is in its ‘very,
very early stages’ at this point in time.
He said the meeting, co-ordinated by the
Nimmitabel Advancement Group, was held
simply to inform residents of the proposal.
The company behind the project, Akuo
Energy is a French company, which Mr Shingler
said is very environmentally minded and has
international experience in developing renewable
He said the wind farm could employ
permanent workers for the life of the farm.
He said the company is also very community-
minded and has already established a rapport
with the Nimmitabel Public school.
He said if the project proceeds, Akuo would
be interested in developing a twinning project
with a similar school in France which would allow
Powerful talk for students
Local school students have shared in a powerful message this
week with the Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation visiting Monaro High
School and Jindabyne Central School.
The foundation was established following the death of Nicole
Fitzsimons whilst on holiday in Thailand in 2012. An aspiring
sports journalist and passionate dancer, Nicole’s family created
the foundation to create a lasting legacy for the 24-year-old and to
educate young Australians on travel safety.
Monaro High Year 12 students sat through the
motivational presentation on Tuesday, delivered by
Nicole’s sister Kate. She spoke to the group about the
importance of taking out travel insurance and ensuring
they travel safely when overseas.
The presentations have been witnessed by more than
30,000 students across Australia with the foundation
partnering with the Department of Foreign Affairs
to help young people make safer decisions when
Kate’s presentation was very well received by the
students, some of whom became emotional when
showed a video of her sister. She also implored the
group to make the best out of what life throws their
After graduating from her Business Degree, Kate
left her corporate career in March 2013 to become
the Director of the Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation –
established in honour of her sister who was killed in a
Kate is now the passionate voice of the Foundation’s
Travel Safety Campaign, delivering presentations to
senior students that hit home as to why you must never
compromise your safety whilst traveling overseas.
Speaking from her heart about the experience of
losing her sister so young and tragically. Kate’s powerful
presentation is a very timely wake-up call in the lead up
to overseas adventures many students undertake after
The Fitzsimons Family hopes to save other innocent
families from suffering the heartache of losing a loved
one to this senseless tragedy.
The Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation also donated
$1000 towards Kristian Sandercoe’s trip to Austria to
compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games.
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