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Wind farm visual screening questions raised as Lal Lal project nears finish

How much screening is enough to block out a 161 metre tall wind turbine in your backyard?

That’s the question facing hundreds of people that have found themselves neighbours to turbines popping up across the district.

Each wind farm project has its own permit requirements for visual screening, and as the Lal Lal Wind Farm project’s northern precinct finishes construction, some people, who do not have turbines on their property, have reacted with surprise to the finished product.

“How are they going to block out 160 metres high turbines in your backyard?” he said.

“Not even in 20 years time are they going to be close to blocking them out, I don’t know what they’re thinking there.”

He said neighbours should have been fully informed about the program before construction began, instead of being told when it was almost finished.

A spokesperson for Lal Lal Wind Farms said preliminary plans for the program were “unable to progress” until the works were endorsed by DELWP.

“If our project neighbours feel that the amount of money on offer is not adequate to cover their landscaping requirements, we suggest that they apply for landscaping, rather than a payment. We understand that each project neighbour will have different requirements for landscaping,” they said.

One of the turbines at Yendon is undergoing reliability testing, after a few weather-related delays.

Construction at Yendon is expected to be complete around July, and at the southern part of the project at Elaine in September.