Chickens, as with most birds, have always been wind powered which is pretty obvious when trying to catch one in the farm yard. But wind powered chicken has taken on a whole new meaning in a few forks distance from the Big Spud in north west Tasmania.
In 1988 a kraft chlorine pulp mill was proposed for the Wesley Vale district where I was brought up. I ran the campaign against the mill and the first sticker we had produced at that time was self explanatory, Save our Soil, Sea and Sand: Protect the Land.
Sassafras would have been in the direct path of the gaseous emissions from the stack so it gives me a great deal of pleasure when I drive through the district now to see all that rich, productive cropping land still uncontaminated and still producing the highest quality food. It gives me even greater pleasure to see Tasmania’s first on farm wind turbine generating renewable energy for food production at Nichols Poultry. As ideas in Tasmania are often spread “over the fence”, I am hoping that other farmers will see the benefit in branding and in energy input costs of following Nichols example. It is an exciting prospect and would happen faster if we could get a national gross feed in tariff which pays a fixed price for a fixed number of years for all energy produced and fed into the grid. Meanwhile this is a great example of Clean, Green and Clever Tasmania and it is in the district where I was brought up.