A controversial plan to build wind turbines on Lord Howe Island off the New South Wales north coast has been rejected by the Federal Government.
Only a few hundred people live on Lord Howe Island, boosted by about 400 tourists at any one time. They all rely on a diesel generator for power.
The plan was to build two wind turbines, along with a solar farm, to cut energy from the generator by 70 per cent.
As a World Heritage-listed site, it had to be approved by Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg.
But he has rejected the proposal, which he said would “have clearly unacceptable impacts”.
A spokesman for Mr Fydenberg said the “Government considered the proposed wind turbines would create a considerable, intrusive visual impact”.