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Post: # 9022Post Wombat »

Well, I do-ed it!

When I met up with Andy and Dave I was telling them the problem I had with the council and the costs they added to getting a wind generator. Well, after finding out about the wind generator for Boots, I thought about it ($700 down to $450!). I have bought one! It is still in the garage in boxes and I have yet to put it together.

So I guess now I have to open up meaningful dialogue with my council building inspectors and try and beat their prices down!

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Post: # 9032Post shiney »

I am sure with a friendly face and smile you could do a deal with them! :lol:

What did they want to charge you for then?
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Post: # 9055Post Wombat »

Original cost for inspections, DA and council approval was $700!

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Post: # 9057Post shiney »

They are having a laff!

But I am sure you could knock em down a bit. What do they need to inspect? Send a photo and tell them to save their time and your money.
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Post: # 9058Post Wombat »

The inspector was really nice about it, but councils are councils. I have had a whinge to their Environmental Education Officer, so I will see what fruit that brings....... :mrgreen:

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Post: # 9061Post shiney »

It does make me wonder what they are 'on' sometimes.

Good luck and I hope they don't fleece you for too much!

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Post: # 9063Post Wombat »

Works for me! :mrgreen:

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Makes me quite angry this does, they should be giving YOU money to try and go off grid. :banghead:
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Post: # 9077Post Chickenlady »

I agree with Andy - maybe you could lobby your MP?

Well done, though, for doing it. I would love to organise some alternative energy sources but at the moment we are too short of the old spondoolix.
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Post: # 9100Post Wombat »

Yeah, it is frustrating but it really is early days for this stuff, from the official point of view. The first response to this sort of enquiry is usually a stunned silence. Anyway, it has been 18months or so since my original enquiry so maybe things have got better. I will keep you all posted!

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Post: # 9186Post ina »

Good for you for being a front runner - maybe you'll set a trend!

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Post: # 9376Post Boots »

Nev...Never do alone what you can do with other like minded folk... :mrgreen:

Am sure this guy (and his mates) will support your cause! And no doubt be able to simplify things a bit for the suits.

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Post: # 9467Post Wombat »

Thanks Mate,

I have bookmarked the site and will have a good loo whe I get a bit of time.

Happy Aussie day Boots

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Post: # 9511Post Boots »

You too Nev. It is great to be an Aussie. We may have a whacky government, (who doesn't?) but there's not much else we can't label great.

Slept in and missed the ceremony - but had a great day trekking about talking to other Aussie's and just enjoying the fact we have a day to feel grateful. Visited a couple of guys who had built a log hut out of junk yard materials. Am so impressed. They were so proud of it, they offered to build me one!!! lol Have no doubt there was a heap of hard yakka involved in that, let me tell ya! When I said this, the old guy said, "Well, I aint lazy! No-one would have anything if they were lazy!"

I figure that pretty much sums up our country's development.

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Post: # 9514Post Wombat »

Onya Boots,

Yep this place'll do me.

I spent most of the day sorting out the garden. The blokes you talked to sound pretty interesting - get any photo's?

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