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Wind farm audit questionnaires

Residents around the Capital and Woodlawn wind farms will be invited to provide detailed input to the NSW Government’s audit of the state’s three government-approved and operating wind farms.

The audit, announced by Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard in February, started last week and includes noise monitoring by an independent consultant as well as a questionnaire sent to 119 landowners.

Goulburn MP Pru Goward said the questionnaire, which has been sent to landowners within 4km of each wind farm, would ensure community input played an important and integral part in the audit process.

“Residents will also have the opportunity to meet with the auditors if they wish to discuss any concerns,” she said.

As well as noise, the audit will look into other issues such as visual amenity, flora and fauna impacts, shadow flicker and electromagnetic interference.

The department has appointed Renzo Tonin and Associates Pty Ltd, to undertake the noise monitoring component of the audit.

The company has conducted wind farm noise monitoring for community groups and wind farm operators but has not carried out monitoring or assessment work on the three wind farms being audited.

“Independence is the number one criterion in doing work of this kind,” Ms Goward said.