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Windfarms continue to concern some residents  

Credit:  Boorowa News | Nov. 7, 2013 | www.boorowanewsonline.com.au ~~

Property values around Boorowa will be detrimentally impacted by the construction and operation of wind turbines, according to a new, independent report.

Goulburn real estate consultant and registered valuer Peter Reardon found that the impact of wind turbine developments on rural property values can be as significant as a 60 percent decrease.

“The report has identified a detriment in property values. Discounts in value as identified of 33 percent and 60 percent in the market place cannot be ignored,” said Mr Reardon.

Boorowa District Landscape Guardians Chair, Charlie Arnott said the report is important to the region.

“The significance of this property value report cannot be underestimated by the Boorowa community. I suggest any landholder surrounding the proposed wind turbines in the district can expect the value of their properties to be reduced significantly right now, even though the projects are currently only at a proposal stage,” he said.

“If the Rugby, Bango and Rye Park wind turbine developments are built the best case scenario we can hope for would be an approximate $60 million reduction in value for the owners’ of surrounding properties, worst case could be closer to $100m, given the findings of this report,” Mr Reardon continued.

In the recent report, Mr Reardon said that neighbouring properties to wind turbine development are also impacted.

“The market evidence indicates that neighbouring properties to wind turbine development are being unfairly impacted upon, with little consideration by the development proponents on this particular stake holder. This raises issues not only from a loss of value and time delays in a sale circumstance, but can also negatively impact property owner equity and banking relationships,” he said.

Mr Reardon’s research includes discussions with real estate agents and owners in the Boorowa area.

“The vast majority of all real estate agencies surveyed believed that the location and proximity of wind turbines can have a significant impact upon the marketability of rural land holdings, especially in the form of buyer interest and extended sales period being required,” he said.

Rye Park property owner Jayne Apps has concerns having read the report.

“We bought this property in 1996 after living close to the Federal Highway at Goulburn. The stunning landscape and tranquillity of the property were a major part of the decision to move here and to now find that we may be surrounded by wind turbines is distressing. We may not be able to live with the visual impact, noise and disturbance of the turbines and would not expect anyone else to be able to either. This report confirms that I will not be able to sell the property for what it is worth and certainly will not be able to recoup my capital investment,” she said.

The report states that the impact on neighbouring properties is starting to be realised.

“The detrimental impact upon adjoining and/or nearby landholders appears to be beginning to be acknowledged by a number of wind turbine proponents. A notable example of this is developers in the Boorowa, Rugby region; we have information indicating that ‘Neighbouring Host Agreements’ or ‘Compensation Deeds’ have been agreed to and signed that compensate owners who have a residence within two kilometres distance of proposed future wind turbine developments, in a similar format to that being offered to those landholders who are prepared to host wind turbines and infrastructure on their land,” Mr Reardon said.

Mr Arnott said contracts requiring neighbours signatures are also a worry.

“What is of particular concern is that landholders have been approached to sign contracts consenting to the construction of industrial wind turbines within two kms of their homes,” he said.

“These people have believed the lies of the developers, are paid grossly inadequate compensation for their decision and will most likely have to abandon their homes if the turbines are ever built, given the growing body of evidence existing that the audible and inaudible noise generated by wind turbines can seriously impact human health,” Mr Arnott continued.

David White, from Rugby has been left devastated by the findings of the report.

“After seeking real estate value appraisals on my property, I have been informed that the value of my property will significantly drop due to this project. Some reports say 33-60 percent. I am absolutely outraged that my asset’s value will be destroyed,” he said.

Mr White said he bought into this area for a stress free life.

“But now it seems a nightmare awaits, not to mention that this will also cripple me financially. Personally the injustice I feel and to the surrounding neighbours in just unacceptable,” he continued.

Source:  Boorowa News | Nov. 7, 2013 | www.boorowanewsonline.com.au

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