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“Waubra” foundation thumbs its nose at Waubra community, rejects petition

“Waubra” foundation thumbs its nose at Waubra community, rejects petition

Doug_Hobson.jpgWaubra residents want their name back, Ballarat Courier

The 300-signature petition by members of the Waubra community has been ignored by the “Waubra” Foundation, who will continue to hijack the town’s name in their fight against wind farms.

Announcing their decision in a press release, the directors of the foundation boasted that “we have brought the name of a small Victorian town to the attention of many people around Australia and, incidentally, to many other Western nations.”

“We’ve asked these people politely to leave us alone but clearly the plea has fallen on deaf ears,” said Doug Hobson, Waubra farmer and Vice President of the Central Highlands Football League.

“It’s pretty arrogant really, pretending to know what’s best for Waubra when they live hundreds of kilometres away and barely know anyone here.

“If they’d come and spoken to more than a handful of people here they’d realise that most of us are very happy with the wind farm.

“The wind farm’s made the future of this town more secure and brought in a whole new group of workers.

“The local media have gotten behind our call because they understand what’s going on on the ground.

The foundation’s media statement makes no reference to the best aspects of the town that the residents are so passionate about.

“For the people who live here, Waubra is all about the school, the sporting clubs and the community groups that hold this community together,” said Karen Molloy, local resident and member of the Waubra Community Hub committee.

“Our community is coming along in leaps and bounds and that’s what Waubra should be known for.

“We’re very disappointed that the directors are so single-minded in their dislike of wind farms that they don’t realise this.

“When you live on the North Shore of Sydney or the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, as some of the directors do, it would be pretty hard to know what’s really happening here.

“We’ve been clear that they can carry on their campaigning against wind farms if they want but out of respect for the people who live here, leave our name out of it.

The community members will take time over the Christmas break to consider how to continue their fight.

“We’re not going to take this one lying down and we’re very upset by the damage this organisation is causing our town,” said Mr Hobson.

“We’re currently trying to work out how on earth we can convey to these people what Waubra is actually about.

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