[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Get weekly updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

News Watch Home

Wind farm project cut back 

Credit:  Adam Morton, The Age, www.theage.com.au 30 October 2010 ~~

Victoria’s largest wind farm proposal has been scaled back after the state government accepted evidence it would damage the view from a heritage-listed property.

Planning Minister Justin Madden approved a bid by energy company Origin to build a $1 billion wind farm at Stockyard Hill, between Beaufort and Skipton, about 35 kilometres west of Ballarat.

But the 157-turbine farm will be more than a third smaller than the 242-turbine one initially proposed. Origin struck out 30 turbines during public hearings and the government refused another 55 based on the advice of a planning panel.

Fourteen turbines were refused on the grounds they would have diminished the view from Mawallok, a historic homestead with gardens crafted by 19th-century landscaper William Guilfoyle.

It is the first time wind turbines have been rejected because of their impact on the outlook from a heritage property.

Another 41 turbines were rejected due to their impact on a local brolga population.

Cassie Franzose, a member of the Mitchell family that owns Mawallok and spokeswoman for anti-wind farm group the Landscape Guardians, was unhappy any turbines had been approved but ”pleasantly surprised” the government had accepted the panel’s recommendations.

”Given there are so few gardens of that era it would have been a significant loss. The turbines would have been at the front of the vista,” she said.

She said Mawallok’s owners had won about three-quarters of what they were fighting for.

Despite this, she has left the property due to concern about the health effects of living near turbines. The government says there is no peer-reviewed scientific evidence that wind farms cause health problems.

The wind farm still needs federal government approval.

Source:  Adam Morton, The Age, www.theage.com.au 30 October 2010

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


e-mail X FB LI TG TG Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook

Wind Watch on Linked In Wind Watch on Mastodon