Boorowa District Landscape Guardians Incorporated is an organisation committed to achieving better outcomes for natural and cultural landscape protection through the planning process.
Industrial wind turbine developments are fast becoming the number one issue for many landholders in the Boorowa area. Industrial wind turbines will not only have an adverse impact on the physical surroundings but also on the well-being of the community and the future economic growth of the region.
'Our landscape is a non-renewable resource - we cannot create more of it. It is the background and setting to our lives, and helps to define and identify us as Australians. The Australian landscape is a resource which we hold in trust for future generations. As its present custodians, we have a responsibility to conserve and manage it wisely, protecting it from inappropriate development, so that it will enrich the lives of our children and successive generations'.
By 'landscape' we mean, 'that which is seen between the horizon and us, even if the horizon is imagined'.
By 'inappropriate development' we mean, 'any change by the act, omission or neglect by individuals, corporations and organisations, which threatens the values of landscape to others in the community'.
The landscape is literally a treasure trove of values which we tend to overlook. Those that live in the 'landscape' are often the best to judge its values even if they are subjective.
Those values include:
- * Geological
- * Geomorphological
- * Hydrological
- * Ecological
- * Geographical
- * Archaeological
- * Agricultural
- * Economic
- * Social
- * Historical
- * Cultural
- * Visual
- * Scenic
- * Spiritual
- * Non-natural
- * Amenity
- * Sense of place
- * Undiscoverer
Our purpose is to promote the protection of our natural and cultural landscapes, both by our own action and through co-operation with Government, other organisations and the Community. The aim is to safeguard this precious resource, ensuring that it is managed sustainably, and conserved for the benefit and enjoyment of all present and future generations.
We believe that this can be achieved by:
1. Persuading or lobbying Government to develop and refine policies by which our landscapes can be protected from inappropriate development and conserved for the benefit of all.
2. Encouraging the establishment by Government of an independent review panel, representing a wide range of viewpoints, which will determine the criteria by which landscape values can be determined such as aesthetic, scientific, cultural, and lifestyle.
3. Achieving the introduction of measures to ensure the state-wide application of these landscape criteria.
4. Ensuring the incorporation of landscape assessments into the planning system and their support by relevant legislation.
THREATS TO LANDSCAPE
Access to pleasant surroundings is a right of all peoples, fundamental to their physical and emotional well being. Aesthetically pleasing landscapes are a resource for all, which must not be compromised by inappropriate development.
Developments which threaten landscapes include:
Excessive urban sprawl, whether for residential, holiday or retirement homes, when it obliterates rural vistas and access to open landscapes as enjoyed by others.
Inappropriately sited and/or badly designed buildings, including both individual homes and agricultural or industrial structures such as silos or car yards.
Poorly placed infrastructure, including roads, pipelines, powerlines, communication towers and wind turbines.
Intrusive and ugly signage.
Land clearing which removes aesthetically, culturally or biologically valuable vegetation remnants, including roadside vegetation.
Recreational developments, where they result in loss of open land because of associated subdivisions, and sports fields with obtrusive lighting.
Ill-conceived tree planting, including large-scale monoculture with afforestation unsympathetic to local landscape values.
Poorly planned mining and quarrying, particularly where inadequate provision is made for site restoration when operations cease.
Land and water degradations including waste dumps and derelict buildings, poorly managed septic systems, uncontrolled erosion and salination.