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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

December 6, 2023 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm plans in choppy waters as Coalition and One Nation whip up doubts

Frank Future didn’t expect to find an ally in Peter Dutton over his concerns that the offshore wind farm proposed for the Hunter region could have an irreparable impact on the environment. “He came out with a group of us on that one over there,” he says, pointing to a boat floating metres from the whale watching vessel that he’s run in Nelson Bay for nearly 30 years. “He really saw that there was limited community consultation before that zone . . . Complete story »

December 6, 2023 • Australia, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Big worries over impacts

I am concerned about the impacts of climate capitalism on the environment and costs of living. Evidently a wind turbine can use about 30,000 tonnes of iron ore from coal coking, about 30,000 tonnes of concrete from shale and limestone mining, about a tonne of rare earth neodymium with uranium and thorium waste, cobalt mining using child slave labour, and balsa wood from deforestation of the Amazon. Then there is the transportation. Also there is deforestation, erosion and sedimentation, plus . . . Complete story »

November 27, 2023 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Robbins Island wind farm ruling ‘devastating’ for orange bellied parrots

A tribunal has overturned a requirement for a proposed wind farm to shut down for five months each year to protect migrating orange bellied parrots, in a major win for the industry. Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff on Monday welcomed as “pragmatic” an appeal ruling by the Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on the Robbins Island wind farm, proposed for the state’s far northwest. He said the decision effectively overruled an Environment Protection Authority ruling that would have killed the $1.6 . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2023 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

State acting against Tasmanian interests in wind farm case, Labor claims

Lawyers for a government agency are acting against the interests of Tasmania in an ongoing legal case, by arguing that a decision forcing a proposed wind farm development to shut down for half the year should be upheld, Labor has claimed in parliament. At the start of the year, the state’s Environmental Protection Agency ruled that wind project proponent ACEN must shut its wind farm for five months of the year to protect an an endangered species of migrating bird. . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2023 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

NSW blots out nearly entire state for wind projects – few areas deemed “desirable” for turbines

The NSW government has blotted out nearly the entire state as “less suitable” for wind farms, with few if any areas deemed “desirable” for new projects under new draft planning guidelines issued on Tuesday. The guidelines, which include hefty new fees for wind and solar projects to provide funds to local communities as a way of overcoming social licence issues, are ostensibly about fast-tracking the planning process for new projects. Some developers, however, have deemed the new fees as a . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2023 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Parliamentary committee investigates fake signatures on Illawarra wind farm petition

Almost 200 signatures have been found to be duplicates in an anti-wind farm petition that attracted over 11,000 signatures. The petition was presented to the House of Representatives today. Labor MP Susan Templeman, chair of the Petitions Committee, said that following reporting in the Mercury which revealed that anti-wind farm campaigners had offered prizes or vouchers for anti-wind farm signatures, the committee secretariat investigated whether the signatures on the petition were real. The secretariat found that nearly 200 names or . . . Complete story »

November 6, 2023 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for yet another massive wind farm in western Victoria

Plans for yet another massive wind farm have been unveiled for western Victoria. This time it is Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s Squadron Energy which has plans to build a 420 megawatt Moreton Hill wind farm south-west of Ballarat with 62 turbines. Victoria has some of the best wind resources in Australia. Dr Forrest’s company says it has already held meetings with “potential turbine hosts” and has also started talks with local landowners bordering the proposed site between Pittong (10 minutes from . . . Complete story »

November 4, 2023 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Killing koalas to save wind farms?

Protecting koalas’ has been the favourite mantra invoked by Green groups and local councils to prevent basic services being built. Roads. Dams. Farm sheds. They are all killed off in case they upset fluffy tree bears. ‘Environmentalists’ used to wander down our dirt road and pluck unsuspecting koalas out of the trees to ‘protect’ them in conservation concentration camps. The koalas never seemed to be too pleased by the welfare checks. Mostly, they used to sit in the middle of . . . Complete story »

October 30, 2023 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

“Wrong project, wrong place”: Plans dumped for controversial Tasmania wind farm

Renewables developer Ark Energy has dumped plans to build a 50MW wind farm in north-western Tasmania, saying it will focus instead on its portfolio of larger projects, including another three wind farms proposed for the island state. Ark confirmed on Friday that it had “made the difficult decision” to cease development of the Western Plains wind farm – the smallest project it its Australian development portfolio at 50.4MW – and withdraw it from the planning process. “With a growing national . . . Complete story »

October 30, 2023 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Rally against wind farm generates major public support

Hundreds of surfers have paddled out into the turquoise seas off the NSW south coast to create a giant ring of solidarity in opposition to a wind farm the government wants to build 10 kilometres offshore. Thousands more people covered the grassy surrounds of Wollongong Head Lighthouse at Flagstaff Point on Sunday to rally against the proposal some have dubbed an “environmental diaster waiting to happen”. About 25,000 flyers promoting the rally were handed out by members of the Coalition . . . Complete story »

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