- Origin Energy has increased the turbine size by 75% without any community consultation and no new background noise monitoring or modeling being undertaken. The original permit approval for the turbine size was 2MW, now Origin is installing 3-3.5MW turbines – currently the biggest in the world. Neither the State or Federal Government, nor the Pyrenees Shire have insisted on a new Noise Impact Assessment to take into account the increase in size which will lead to more infrasound, noise and adverse health issues.
- Origin’s public liaisons, Paul Duboudin and Catherine Mansfield refuse to answer questions from concerned community members regarding this. Why?
- Fact: 157 turbines approved, each turbine the equivalent of a 747 jumbo jet on top of a 20-storey skyscraper. All the turbines are located within 1-10km of houses.
- Stockyardhill Community Guardians have fundraised and purchased state of the art, world-class noise monitoring equipment that will soon be available to hire at a small rate to undertake private, independent, pre-construction noise monitoring on your property. Data analysis and a report will be provided by a trained and qualified sound expert. This information can then be used in any future litigation cases and as proof of increased infrasound and noise in your home.
- Origin has not yet signed off and finalised signatures from landholders south of Skipton, for access to install the power line route that will join the wind development to the sub station south of Lismore. Desperate for these signatures, Origin is using bullying techniques and has threatened legal action and compulsory acquisition of land. The Skipton Power line group has maintained their united approach, which insists on underground cabling on the roadside.
- Origin is going ahead with plans to quarry the side of Mount Monmot for construction materials. Again, without community consultation.
- Property values around Stockyard Hill have already seen a decrease, in particular those neighbouring the turbine hosts, now more commonly known as ‘the buffer zone for an industrial site’. Evidence of decreased shire rates has already been confirmed in Victoria (South Gippsland).
- Fact: Origin has already threatened serious legal action against landholders wishing to get out of contracts to host turbines.
- The Pyrenees Shire continues to bury its head in the sand and handball the hard questions concerning Stockyardhill Industrial Wind Development to the State Government. They are not equipped nor have the financial backing to challenge, question or independently assess any Wind development in this shire.
Stockyardhill Community Guardians Newsletter #1 March 2013 [part 1]
PO BOX 55, SKIPTON 3361
Stockyardhill Community Guardians is a volunteer group representing over 100 local members that share grave concerns regarding the Stockyardhill Wind Farm development. Established 6 years ago, the group focuses on empowering people with independent information that is not wind industry funded, in order to be able to make educated decisions and remain community orientated. The Stockyardhill Community Guardians joins the global network that is fighting for justice, independent health research and fairer outcomes for rural people regarding wind industrialisation of regional areas.