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Waubra's plea: heard by many, just not the right ones

Friday, 15 November

Waubra Farmer, Doug HobsonThe fight by the Waubra community to reclaim the name of their town from anti-wind campaigning group, the "Waubra Foundation" carries on.

Having delivered a petition of 316 signatures to the foundation, the response was..... well, deafening silence.

Tuesday's deadline for a response came and went and while the foundation's CEO, Sarah Laurie, referred to the petition on radio the foundation failed the common courtesy test and didn't even acknowledge they'd received the petition.


But the community is taking this as a temporary hiccup only and will keep up the pressure in coming weeks to make sure the foundation understands that their town's name doesn't deserve to be dragged down as part of their national anti-wind farm campaign.

And pressure there certainly has been.

The launch of the petition two weeks ago received strong media coverage on WIN TV, a number of papers (including the Ballarat Courier, which ran a front page story) and online.

In the mean time, the Greens launched an attack on the foundation during the week, questioning their status as a health promotion charity. The story was picked up across the country and Senator Richard di Natale outlined their case in a speech in parliament.

This demonstrates that the call from the local Waubra community will resonate well beyond their little patch of the Sunraysia Highway in Western Victoria.


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